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 (mûr′shē-ə, -shə)
An Anglo-Saxon kingdom of central England. It was settled by Angles c. ad 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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(Placename) a kingdom and earldom of central and S England during the Anglo-Saxon period that reached its height under King Offa (757–96)
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(ˈmɜr ʃi ə, -ʃə)

an early English kingdom in central Britain.
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Edwin and Morcar, the earls of Mercia and Northumbria--"'
"Edwin and Morcar, the earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand, the patriotic archbishop of Canterbury, found it advisable--"'
Where we are going is in the real heart of the old kingdom of Mercia, where there are traces of all the various nationalities which made up the conglomerate which became Britain."
So we shall shortly have to keep our minds on old Mercia. However, you need not be disappointed.
In addition, deferred consideration of up to GBP 2m, to be satisfied by the issue of new Mercia shares two years from completion at the then prevailing share price will be payable contingent upon future third party funds raised.
MIDLAND investment group Mercia Technologies has expanded its operations into the north of England through a trio of university partnerships.
It emerged during his court appearance that Reynolds, of Wellington, had been cautioned by West Mercia Police officers over a similar attack in 2008.
RESULTS, Cardington Cracker (nine miles/ 2,600ft ascent): 1 Jon Bowie (Mercia) 1-14.27, 2 Paul Jones (Mercia, M40) 1-16.32, 3 Pete Vale (Mercia, M40) 1-18.21, 4 John Hunt (Dark Peak, M45) 1-22.29, 5 Andy Davies (Mercia, M45) 1-22.48, 6 Daniel Brazier (Mercia) 1-23.03.
2010 British fell-racing champion Tim Davies (Mercia, pictured) had to settle for second place to clubmate Steve Cale in the Breidden Hills race but he had still done enough to win the Welsh FRA title.
The Albert - now the Barracuda Bar - The Savoy, which is now Brighouse Civic Hall, and The Ritz are detailed in a quarterly journal, The Mercia Bioscope.
ABB, the global power and automation technologies group, has recently announced its new partner for robot-based automation, Mercia Systems, a specialist in the painting and plastics industry.