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The Saxons

When the Saxons arrived in the fifth and sixth centuries they set up three settlements along the River Wandle at Mitcham, Beddington and Croydon where warrior cemeteries have been discovered. It is certainly possible that Wimbledon was the site of a major battle as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records that "in this year (568) Ceawlin and Cutha fought against Ethelbert and drove him in flight into Kent and killed two ealdormen Oslaf and Cnebba at Wibbandum". Unfortunately there is no concrete evidence that this was modern Wimbledon. However, at some stage between the 6th and the 10th centuries a small settlement of wooden huts was established, probably along the current High Street, together with a wooden church on the site of the present parish church.