Battle of Wippedesfleot

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Coordinates: 51°18′50″N 1°21′07″E / 51.314°N 1.352°E / 51.314; 1.352

Battle of Wippedesfleot
Part of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain
Date466 CE
Result Anglo-Saxon victory
Anglo-Saxons Britons
Commanders and leaders

The Battle of Wippedesfleot was a battle in 466 between the Anglo-Saxons (or Jutes), led by Hengest, and the Britons. It is described in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle thus:

465: Her Hengest 7 Æsc gefuhton uuiþ Walas neah Wippedesfleote 7 þær .xii. wilisce aldormenn ofslogon, 7 hiera þegn an þær wearþ ofslægen, þam wæs noma Wipped.
465: Here Hengest and Æsc fought together against Welsh (= Britons) near Wippedesfleot and there slew 12 Welsh leaders, and one of their thanes was slain, whose name was Wipped.

This battle is said to have resulted in much bloodshed and slaughter on both sides, to the extent that hostilities abated for a while thereafter. Some historians believe in a Saxon victory, but that is not what is mentioned in the text. The limited number of casualties is an indication that the battle was a small one. The number of warriors involved must not have reached 200 men.

Wippedesfleot is thought to be Ebbsfleet in Kent, near Ramsgate. Its location made the author of Historia Brittonum[1] think that all Saxons had now been driven out of Britain. Wippedes is possibly a corruption of Latin oppidis in reference to the creek's position by the twin forts of Rutupiæ and Rutupiæ alteræ (Regulbium). Ramsgate is the main place upon the former Island of Thanet, "which was given to the Saxons by Vortigern". It was the very place [1] where, according to Historia Brittonum, the Saxons first landed.

Gildas does not mention the battle.


  1. ^ a b Nennius (1859). J. A. Giles tr., ed. History of the Britons. London: Bohn.