Later the district formed the northern division of Mercia, and in 848 the Mercian witenagemot assembled at Repton.
WITAN, or Witenagemot (from O.
"In a witenagemot held at Luton in November A.D.
In 811 it was called the king's town, arid a witenagemot was held here under rEthelstan.
Saxon Witenagemot and Norman Curia regis seem very much alike.
A witenagemot was held there in 934, so that Frome must already have been a place of some size.
At Amesbury (Ambresberia, Aumbresbery) a witenagemot was held in 932, while about 980 Ã†lfthryth (Ethelfrida), queendowager of Edgar, erected here a nunnery in expiation of the murder of her stepson.
Later the Witenagemot met here, and it is the traditional scene of the meeting of 'Ethelred and Olaf the Dane.
It is probable that this arrangement was definitely sanctioned by the witenagemot, to guard against the danger of a disputed succession should iEthelred fall in battle.
Of the action of the witenagemot we do not hear very much under Alfred.
The manor of Cheddar was a royal demesne in Saxon times, and the witenagemot was held there in 966 and 968.
Here also a witenagemot was summoned in 997.