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Battle of Benfleet. Danes defeated and driven by King Alfred’s men across the site of modern Southend to Shoebury.

South Shoebury became known when, King Alfred being detained by the Danes in the west of England, two troops of these rovers assembled at Shoebyrig, the ancient name of this place, and raised a fort or castle there.  This fort was doubtless, as most of the hasty fortifications of that period were, little more than earthwork surrounded with a trench and a moat.  The fort, existing now within the area of the former Horsehoe Barracks and a scheduled ancient monument was occupied in 894 by Haester following his defeat by King Alfred's forces at the Battle of Benfleet.

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