Dore

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Dore (Template:Gbmapping) is a village in South Yorkshire. Until 1934 it was part of Derbyshire, but it is now a suburb of Sheffield.

The village lies on a hill above the River Sheaf. It has a reputation of being Sheffield’s wealthiest suburb, and Dore and Totley is the only ward of the city that regularly elects a Conservative councillor.

History

The name Dore derives from the same Old English root as door—the Limb Brook, River Sheaf, and Meers Brook marked the boundary between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Deira (later Northumbria) and Mercia. This, therefore, was a pass by which one travelled between the two kingdoms1

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle contains the earliest written record of Dore, recording that in 827 (probably actually 829) King Ecgbert of Wessex led his army to the village to receive the submission of the Northumbrian army, thereby becoming the first king of England:

This year was the moon eclipsed, on mid-winter's mass-night; and King Egbert, in the course of the same year, conquered the Mercian kingdom, and all that is south of the Humber, being the eighth king who was sovereign of all the British dominions. Ella, king of the South-Saxons, was the first who possessed so large a territory; the second was Ceawlin, king of the West-Saxons: the third was Ethelbert, King of Kent; the fourth was Redwald, king of the East-Angles; the fifth was Edwin, king of the Northumbrians; the sixth was Oswald, who succeeded him; the seventh was Oswy, the brother of Oswald; the eighth was Egbert, king of the West-Saxons. This same Egbert led an army against the Northumbrians as far as Dore, where they met him, and offered terms of obedience and subjection, on the acceptance of which they returned home.2

A plaque commemorating this event was erected on the village green in 1968. Christ Church Dore was built in 1828 and Dore became a separate parish in 18443. Dore remained a small village4, having a population of just 500 in the 19th century, until it was annexed by Sheffield in 1934.

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