Amblecote Anglo Saxons

C.450 - 1066

If Amblecote is anything it is Anglo-Saxon. The name Amblecote, 'Elmlecote' in the Domsday Book, is implicitly Anglo-Saxon - the'cot' or dwelling place either of a person whose name was corrupted by a scribe as 'Elmle', or from some other place defining word. Surrounded almost exclusively by other Saxon named places such as Wollaston, Wollescote, Wordley and Lye, Amblecote sat at the heart of a territory first occupied, then developed and administered, by the north european peoples who became known as the English. Following the departure of the Romans in the 4th century AD the fertile midlands of Britain were a magnet for these people who replaced and absorbed the indigenous population and created one of the greatest societies of the pre-rennaissance period. Based on the Manor (of which Amblecote was an example), the administrative institutions of Hundred and Shire, as well as myriad other essential aspects of daily life, were created by the Saxons and remain with us to this day. Above all, of course, the inhabitants of 'Angel-land' laid the foundations for the English language. In recent years the dubious depredations of the politically correct, have done much to underplay the Anglo-Saxon linage that underpins an English Anglo-Saxon heritage. Preserving the history of Amblecote is, in this context, vital.