Battle of Cirencester
Result Mercian victory; Mercia takes control of the Severn Valley and the territory of the Hwicce
Mercia Gewisse
Commanders and leaders
Penda Cynegils and Cwichelm

The Battle of Cirencester was fought in 628 at Cirencester in modern-day England. The conflict involved the armies of Mercia, under King Penda, and the Gewisse (predecessors of the West Saxons), under Kings Cynegils and Cwichelm. The Mercians defeated the Gewisse and, according to Bede, "after reaching an agreement", took control of the Severn valley and the minor kingdom of the Hwicce, which had been under the influence of the Gewisse since the Battle of Dyrham in 577.[1][2]


  1. ^ The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  2. ^ Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 30–34. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.

Coordinates: 51°43′08″N 1°58′05″W / 51.719°N 1.968°W / 51.719; -1.968