The site of the Battle of Maldon
A number of Viking ships sailed up the River Blackwater, then called the Panta, and anchored at Northey Island which was separated from the mainland by a tidal causeway.
When the tide receded, the Vikings were given permission to cross over the causeway and form up for battle.
As the fight began, many of the Anglo-Saxon troops fled the scene, resulting in a Viking victory.
See also: The Battle of Maldon