Flickrfan: Baldersdale – a Viking Home from Home
November 1, 2009
Photographed by spratmackrel
The Norse people who settled in Baldersdale and the surrounding area in the 10th century are believed to be of largely Norwegian and Hiberno-Norse (vikings who first settled in Ireland and then crossed to the West coast of England) origin. They were sheep and cattle farmers who adapted the farming techniques of their homeland to the poor upland soils of the North Pennines. Further down the Tees Valley the settlers appear to have been of Danish origin who practiced an arable form of agriculture which predominated in their homeland.