In July 2009 this piece of Lundy granite was set in place to commemorate the Viking invasion of 878 & the local people who by their matchless bravery changed the course of history. In January 878 the Kingdom of Wessex was in terrible danger. A Viking attack had forced King Alfred to hide iin the swamps of Somerset. Soon after a Viking fleet of 23 ships sailed past & landed probably in Fremington. The Viking commander was Ubbi (hubba), a brother of the leaders who had already conquered East Anglia & Northumbria.
The Devon retainers of King Alfred led by Oddal (Odun) ealdorman of Devon, fled to a fort named Cynult & were trapped there by the Vikings. All seemed lost until a dawn attack by the defenders who killed Ubbi & 840 of his men. The battle allowed King Alfred to win the war with the Vikings & lay the foundations of the kingdom of England.