The village lies some 3 miles east-north-east of Tamworth.
The village was called Secintone in the Domesday Book of 1086.
It is believed that Aethelbald, King of Mercia was murdered here in 757. At the time of his death Aethelbald had been “bretwalda”, ruler of all Britain south of the Humber. It is thought that he was murdered by his bodyguard. He was succeeded by his heir Beornred but civil war broke out and King Offa (of Offa’s Dyke fame) seized the throne. It is suspected that the order for the killing of Aethelbald came from Offa.
The village also saw action in the Civil War when, in 1647, Charles 1 fought in a battle nearby.
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