Brompton Church, North Yorks; Viking Hogback Graves; 10th to 12th century Anglo-Scandinavian Grid Reference: SE37379635
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Beautiful clear images of these 'Berseckers' graves. The bears at either end allude to the Viking habit of going mad in battle some put it down to the amanita muscaria, that lovely red mushroom, with white spots, of course a halluncinogen. Or maybe the wearing of bearskins But what cannot be denied is the beautiful interlaced carving, and the 'roof tiles' of the house. Six were found in the 19th century, some going to Durham Cathedral at the time, three seem to be whole the rest in fragments.
The Dragon Stone Levisham Church Just two broken halves of stone, difficult to see the 'dragon', but I realise that I should start drawing again, just like Wiltshire Wanderings. Levisham is a village between Pickering and Whitby, Levisham is the village before you take a sudden nose dive down the ravine into the village of Lockton, which also has a ruined church at the end.
Which brings me to St.Oswald at Lythe, just outside Sandsend. This church has of course many stones, again playing round my photos which were not too good, the first shows a reconstruction of a typical 10th century Anglo-Scandinavian cemetery. Though the illustrator has only shown the 'house' types and no ' gripping bears' at the end, though there seems to be two lions eating a man.
|This looks like a badly eroded hogback , with maybe a clutching bear...|