These fields by the river Derwent at Stamford Bridge holds plenty of history. Go back to 1066, it was here the Norwegian king Harald Hardråde and his 10000 strong army had settled after raiding the northern coast of England, burnt Scarborough, beaten the Anglo-Saxon army at the Battle of Fulford and successfully taken York. While resting, the Norwegian army which was scattered on both sides of the river without armour, were taken by surprise by Harold Godwinson and his army. This led to the defeat of the Norwegians and what’s considered the end of the Viking age, and the death of Harald Hardråde who entered the history books as the last of the great Viking kings. Harold Godwinson and his army was beaten only weeks later at the Battle of Hastings by the Normans who were descendants of the vikings who’d settled along the French coast in what’s known as Normandy. The reign of both the vikings and the normans left plenty of Norse DNA in British isles, and especially Yorkshire. This might explain why bank holiday weekends in York is such a mess! Skål!