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Winchcombeshire, an ancient county in the South West of Englandmarker, in the 10th and 11th centuries, developed around its county town, Winchcombemarker.

It appears that it had a separate existence as a petty kingdom prior to this time. King Coenwulf of Mercia is associated with the region before becoming king. A link with the earlier kingdom of Hwicce has been surmised, given the apparent link between Coenwulf's family and that of the kings of Hwicce.

It appears to have been amalgamated with Gloucestershiremarker after Cnut conquered England in 1017, although some parts of the county appear to lie in what is usually considered to be Worcestershire.

Further reading

Whybra, Julian, A Lost English County: Winchcombeshire in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries. (Studies in Anglo-Saxon History, 1). Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, 1990. ISBN 0-85115-500-6

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