Stamford Bridge, York
This is a pleasant village to the east of York that is well known locally for its fish and chips and pubs. Also there is a river here with pleasant walks and it is generally a popular place for people to come and relax here.
The Battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066 marked the end of the Viking era in Britain.
The settlement was called Pons Belli by the Normans, meaning battle bridge. Rents of freeholders and cottagers were recorded in 1368 and there was a common oven recorded the same year.
You can reach the village by a No.10 bus from York.
No, I'm not talking Chelsea FC's homeground but instead of a village outside York where the viking army met King Harold Goodwinson 1066. The battle was the last viking battle on British soil and the viking king Harald Hardrade died as Goodwinson won the game. Not that this mattered much since he himself was killed during the Norman invasion at the Battle of Hastings only three weeks later! Today, Stamford is a quiet place with some nice pubs and a camping ground worth considering if you come outside the flooding season since the village suffers from the well known Yorkshire floods. The photo shows the battle memorial and if you want to read more about it, then see the weblink below.
I'm a local of Stamford Bridge, and love this 'little' village to pieces.
The history of the place is amazing, with undiscovered Roman towns popping up all the time. The amount of natural beauty that the village offers is also stunning.
The closeness to York and only being 40 minutes away from the coast means that Stamford Bridge has everything.
The history that has taken place in Stamford Bridge is marked once a year with our Viking festival, were we see a Viking longboat parked on the River Derwent and Viking's roaming the village all weekend is bound to put a smile on your face.
I love this little village and York that is not even 10 miles away.
Growing up here has been a real pleasure and hope more tourists from York knew about the delights that 'Stamford' has to offer