The Tomsaete or Tomsæte (dwellers of the Tame valley) were a tribe or clan in Anglo-Saxon England living in the valley of the River Tame in the West Midlands of England from around 500[1] and remaining around Tamworth throughout the existence of the Kingdom of Mercia.[2]

An Anglo-Saxon charter of 849 describes an area of Cofton Hackett in the Lickey Hills south of Birmingham as "the boundary of the Tomsæte and the Pencersæte",[3] and another charter of 835 describes Humberht as "Princeps of the Tomsæte",[4] suggesting that the group retained its identity long after being subsumed into Mercia.[5]


  1. Appleby Magna History
  2. "A historical timeline of Wirksworth"
  3. Hooke, Della; Sawyer, P. H. (1990). "Ninth-century lease with boundary clause". Worcestershire Anglo-Saxon charter bounds. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 135–142. ISBN 0-85115-276-7. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  4. "Humberht 1". Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  5. Kirby, D. P. (2000). "The Tribal Hidage". The Earliest English Kings. Routledge. p. 10. ISBN 0-415-24211-8. Retrieved 2009-04-19.

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