After the Romans left, tribes from northern Europe called the Angles, Saxons and Jutes found that Britain would be a nice place to live. Separate kingdoms emerged with the most powerful being Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, East Anglia and Kent.
After many successful battles against the Vikings, all the kingdoms were united under one ruler to become England (Angle-Land). The Saxons also gave us the basis of the English, the language we use today.
The age ended when Norman invaders conquered the country in 1066AD.
These large stone sculptures were carved with ornate designs and symbolised the Christian faith.
The picture shows a pin that could have been used for fastening clothing or even as a hairpin.
Pattern-welded swords were made by twisting and welding strips of iron together to produce distinctive patterns and a high quality blade.
An everyday item in the Saxon period, combs had one or two sets of teeth with one set further apart than the other.
This cross was found amongst the “Staffordshire Hoard” and was made from a thin piece of gold and decorated with red garnets.
This image shows the Sutton Hoo helmet. It was found in a boat burial and is thought to have belonged to a Saxon King.
These wooden shields had a metal boss in the centre to give it strength and could be used as a ramming weapon.
These are very rare in Britain and would have probably been used on special occasions.
Saxon pottery is quite rare as they favoured wooden plates, bowls and drinking cups.
These high status brooches were placed on the shoulders to fasten clothing together.
Finger rings were quite common and were often made from silver, gold, jet or amber.
The axe shown is called a T-shaped axe and may have been used as a throwing weapon.
Here are some of my favourite places to go and visit (in no particular order!):
St Laurence Church - Bradford on Avon Wiltshire
Malmesbury Abbey - Wiltshire
Bratton Camp (location of battle Alfred v Vikings) - Wiltshire
Wansdyke - Wiltshire
Wansdyke - Somerset
Isle of Athelney - Somerset
Winchester - Hampshire
British Museum - London
Sorry that these places are again mostly in South West England but feel free to leave your favourite Saxon sites in the comments below!