Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An Anglo-Saxon kingdom of central England. It was settled by Angles c. A.D. 500 and enjoyed its greatest influence during the rule (757-796) of Offa. In 874 the kingdom was overrun by the Danes and split between Wessex and the Danelaw.

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  • proper n. one of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England

Etymologies

Latinization of Old English Mierce (literally "border people"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Somewheresouth … 70 would’nt happen to be the FULL ISSI number for your force would it?, like West Mercia is 20xxxxx, Staffs 21xxxxx - I’d be interested if it was as there might be some sort of priority on the system thinking you are trying to contact someone out of force?

    What is going on ear? « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • They went thence into one of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms called Mercia, the inhabitants of the country not being able to oppose any effectual obstacle to their marauding march.

    King Alfred of England

  • Anglo-Saxon kingdoms called Mercia, the inhabitants of the country not being able to oppose any effectual obstacle to their marauding march.

    King Alfred of England Makers of History

  • I live in 'Mercia' but, I must admit, I'd not heard of Cearl before so thankyou for bringing him back into the limelight, as it were ;

    Cearl, King of the Mercians

  • It was later known not under a Germanic or Celtic name, but under the low Latin name of "Mercia" that is the "Borderland."

    Europe and the Faith "Sine auctoritate nulla vita"

  • The picture is from when West Mercia rolled out the new uniforms.

    And for my next trick……. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Chesterman, who works in West Mercia police and leads policy on armed policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers, told the hearing in Workington: I think the public have a right to expect the emergency services to put themselves at risk in order to protect them.

    Derrick Bird 'could not have been stopped sooner'

  • His mother, Mercia Doughty, had worked as a nurse at Newark hospital, whose new endoscopy centre and pre-operative assessment unit he helped fund with a £1m donation.

    Nigel Doughty obituary

  • One of the best surviving Saxon churches, All Saints Brixworth in Northamptonshire, was also built partly out of reused Roman bricks, a remnant of the great building campaign begun by Bishop Saxulf of Mercia in 675.

    Early medieval architecture: a story of castles and churches

  • Simon Chesterman, assistant ch con, W Mercia police.

    New Year honours: the full list

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