Monument details

HER Number:1972/1/0
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Heronbridge - Saxon Burials


Excavations at Heronbridge 1930-31 found human remains found over large area, but there was also a concentration of 14 complete male skeletons mostly adult but also one three year old. Almost half had injuries to head probably inflicted by long sword wielded by cavalryman. In absence of gravegoods, dating not possible. Numerous suggestions have been made including early Christian and Civil War.

Archaeological investigation by the Chester Archaeological Society in 2004 uncovered the original 1930's trenches and established the presence of a wider mass grave containing skeletons with fatal head injuries probably inflicted by swords. Radio-carbon dating gives an early 7th century date for these burials which suggests that this may be the site of the Battle of Chester which took place in AD616 when Aethelfrith of Northumbria defeated the combined forces of Gwynedd and Powys.


Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (AD 7TH CENTURY - 600 AD? to 699 AD? (?))
  • INHUMATION ( some (1-100), AD 7TH CENTURY - 600 AD? to 699 AD?)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1006774: Heronbridge Roman Site

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