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Word: vikings
pLACE-NAME: Clungunford

The name Clungunford dates back to Domesday Book in 1086, when it was just called Clun, but was owned by a man called Gunward. As a result, it became Clun Gunward, which slowly changed over time to Clungunford. Gunward is a Viking name. The ‘Clun’ part of the name relates to the River Clun. It tells us that in 1086, a man with a Viking name lived in this part of Shropshire.

Helpful story hints: The Vikings didn’t generally settle in Shrophire, and Clungunford is quite far west.  If he was a Viking, what was he doing in Shropshire? How did he come to settle there?

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