The vicar of Pinhoe and the Danish raid of 1001 A.D.: the story of the raid

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11:5, (1921) pp.185-189.


Oswald J. Reichel

Prepared by Michael Steer

In 1001 Vikings laid a siege to Exeter. But due to the strong fortification of Athelstan they started pillaging nearby villages. Men from Devon and Somerset fought the Danes to stop their invasion. The battle was hard and the defenders used up nearly all of their ammunition. A priest of Pinhoe sneaked through the Danish lines and ran to Exeter to get arrows and arms. He successfully returned to the defending Saxons and supplied them with the weapons. The priest was awarded an annual payment of 16 shillings for his outstanding bravery. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held in the collection of Albert William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the the Internet Archive.

Æthelred, King 185
Athelstan, King 187-8
Blund, Richard 187
Briwere, Bishop 187
Bronescombe, Bishop 187
Curitone, Sir W de 187
Davidson, Mr 185-9
Eadsige 185
Exeter, Lord William Bishop of 187
Hankford, Judge 186
Henry V 186-7
Kola 185
Oliver, Rev Dr 187-8
Pallig 185
Risdon, Tristram 186-7
William I 187
Worcester, Florence of 186