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For centuries the Avon acted as a boundary between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex.
Anglo-Saxon Bristol lay on the north bank, in Mercian territory. (eds.) These are indications that St Peter's was a minster.
Bristol Record Office 5139/487: undated deed of S., Bishop of Worcester. The minster could retain certain privileges, which make its status as the mother church clear.
A coin of Aethelred was issued from Bristol probably in 1009 or 1010.
In fact the earliest evidence for Bristol comes not from records, but from coins.
Certainly Barton Regis was held by the last Saxon king of England.
This manor stretched over what is now the eastern half of Bristol as far as Mangotsfield and included Easton and Stapleton.