Denmark v England at London Bridges
Remember the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’? This actually happened back in 1014.
Viking chief Olaf joined up with King Ethelred the Unready (the goodies) against the Danish invaders (the baddies) in the Battle of London Bridge.
King Olaf’s army sailed down the Thames, attached their Viking long boats to London Bridge, and pulled the bridge down. The Danish army had been standing on the bridge, so they fell into the river. Olaf’s clever idea protected London and gave power back to King Ethelred.
Olaf later became the first Christian King of Norway. His memory is kept alive at St Olave’s Church, the smallest intact medieval church in London. Samuel Pepys is buried there too.