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Aston on Trent History – Timeline of Important Dates
Earliest currently known evidence of Neolithic settlement within the present-day parish boundaries.
The Romans leave Britain.
410 to 600
Arrival of Germanic speaking peoples from across the North Sea comprising Saxons, Angles and Jutes. Nearby Repton becomes the
principal residence of the royal family of the Kingdom of Mercia.
King Paeda of Mercia marries Elfleda, daughter of the King of Northumberland. A condition of the marriage was that Paeda should
become a Christian and four priests came south from Lindisfarne to Repton. From this time Christian teaching spread along the
Trent valley. Repton lies only a few miles from Aston on Trent therefore it could not have been long before the missionaries reached
the settlement of Aston.
The Kingdom of Mercia comes to an end when an army of marauding Vikings arrived and set up a fortified settlement at nearby
The Viking army departs.
Death of Wilfrie Spott, a Mercian earl, who held the Combined Manor of Aston on Trent and Weston on Trent. The Manor passed to
Wulfget, Abbot of Burton and then on to Britinic, also an Abbot of Burton. He was succeeded by Algar, an earl of Mercia who died
around the year 1062.
William, Duke of Normandy, defeats King Harold II at the battle of Hastings.
Aston on Trent is recorded in the Domesday Book as Acetum (east farm) and was divided between three estates. These estates
comprised a small manor belonging to Henry Ferrers, part belonged to the royal manor of Weston on Trent and the third was a
berewick (outlying farm) held by Uctebrand as a sub-manor from the King. Shortly after the Domesday Survey William the Conqueror
gave the Weston manor to his nephew Hugh, Earl of Chester.
The abbey of St. Werburgh founded at Chester by Hugh Earl of Chester who conveyed lands of the manor of Weston (including Aston)
to the Abbot. At the Dissolution during the reign of Henry VIII the Abbey was spared and subsequently developed into Chester