ON Monday, 5th August the borough flag was raised above Wolverhampton's Civic Centre the mark the anniversary of a very important battle.
In 910 a Mercian army, led by their king, Aethelred, and aided by a contingent from Wessex, ambushed a raiding army of Danes as they made their way to Bridgnorth. The result was a crushing defeat for the Danes and their kings, Halfdan and Eowils, were killed along with 10 of their warlords
There is no doubting the significance of the victory, which weakened Danish power for a generation and paved the way for the unification of England. What is in question is the exact location of the battle.
Councillor Phil Bateman, who first proposed the commemoration, has represented Wednesfield since 1981, so naturally he is keen for it to be remembered as the Battle of Wednesfield. However, the majority of textbooks have it as the Battle of Tettenhall.
"Whether it was Wednesfield of Tettenhall, we'll never know,' said Councillor Bateman, "but this is a very important event in our history. If the battle had gone the other way we could all be speaking Danish today and ordering our Black Country pints in Danish dialect instead of our Anglo-Saxon Black Country.
"I think it's very important for the City of Wolverhampton to mark this battle and make people, not just here but further afield, more aware of it."
The battle is, arguably, one of the most important events before the Norman Conquest of 1066 and perhaps the confusion over its location has led to it being overlooked.
Those that cite Wednesfield as the location point to the town's name as evidence. The name comes from Woden's Field, named for Woden the chief of the Anglo-Saxon gods. He also gave his name to Wednesday, Wednesbury, Wanstead, Wanborough and Wensleydale.
However, there is a popular misconception that Woden was the Anglo-Saxon god of battle, who was in fact Tiw and who gives his name to Tuesday.
Those that argue that Tettenhall was the location cite the many versions of the Anglo-Saxon chronicle which record that the battle took place near Tettenhall, or "Teotta's Halh", but that may have been simply because Tettenhall was the largest place of note in the area at that time.
After 1,103 years we're unlikely to know the answer for certain but what do you think? Was it the Battle of Tettenhall or is Wolverhampton Council right in naming it the Battle of Wednesfield? Do you have a theory as to where the battle took place? Please contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk, 01384 567678 or write to the usual address.