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The mound at the Tynwald ceremony

© Courtesy of the Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure
Tynwald: A Viking ceremony

Between 800 and 1050 AD, Europe and the North Atlantic was dominated by pagan Scandinavian warriors, or Vikings as they are more commonly known. They possessed both the navigational skills and bravery essential to venture as far as Constantinople and Greenland. The East provided exotic goods such as silk and spices, while the North and West gave them valuable furs and walrus tusk ivory. They were also drawn to the Isle of Man and on it have left a visible legacy of art-work, the names of everyday landmarks and influenced the present day political system. More...

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1 Rashid Yaman from Blackpool - 25 November 2003
"I know we're not meant to be very cultured in Lancashire, but why have we got stuff about the Isle of Man in our section? I know we've got lots of Viking heritage especially reflected in our place names (eg Amounderness), surely we deserve something of our own. For what it's worth I'm from the cosmopolitan Blackpool which has had lots of different people from different places in it's short history. "

2 David Catherall from Bolton - 8 October 2003
"My family has its origins in north wales, and according to a family history names researcher my surname is Scananavian in origin. There is a 900 AD Viking village across the Mersey Estuary from where my family hails. "

"It is a long tenuous link, but I know that the history of my family goes back an awful long time in that area of Clwyd. Back to about the 1560's in fact. "

"If you look at Gladstones grave in Hawarden, you will find it is surrounded by Catheralls. "

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