Monument at Athelney

Inscription reads: King Alfred the great in the year 879 having been defeated by the Danes fled for refuge to the forest of Athelney where he lay concealed from his enemies for the space of a whole year. He soon after regained possesion of his throne and in grateful rememberance of the protection he had received under the favour of heaven, erected a monastery on this spot and endowed all the lands contained in the Isle of Athelney to perpetuate the memorial of so remarkable an incident. In the life of that illustrious prince this edifice was founded by John Slade esq of Mansel the proprietor of Athelney farm and Lord of the manor of North Petherton AD1801