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From: JJupar< >
Subject: Re: O.T. County names help ( please! )
Date: 19 Sep 2000 07:36:17 GMT

The word 'sex' in itself does not apply here and cannot be separated from the
other letters in the word i.e. Wes'sex.

The other names are both counties of England still used today but Wessex was a
large part of Britain which covered a large part of the country. In the seventh
century England had England had seven Kingdoms each ruled by an Anglo-Saxon
King. By the eight century there were three survivors - Northumbria, Mercia
and Wessex. By the ninth century there was only Wessex. A big battle was
fought to unite the two areas of Wessex and Northumbria, also very large in the
ninth century and this is commemorated with a plaque which stands on the
village green at Dore Village on the outskirts of Sheffield near where the
battle was fought.

Hope this is of some help to you.


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