or the first known mention of
Northwold in historical
records we have to go back more than a thousand years, into the brief golden age of Anglo-Saxon civilisation in England. In 970, when Edgar the Peaceable (crowned in 959), the great grandson of Alfred the Great, was King and Archbishop Dunstan of Canterbury was his wise counsellor, a scribe wrote Northwold – spelt Northuuold – in an official document. It was in Edgar’s reign that the name of the country was first written Engla-land (land of the Angles or English), and shires were divided into hundreds for administrative purposes. Ours was the Hundred of Grimshoe.