It’s hard to believe that Yorkshire County in northern England was the home of hunters and gatherers around 7000 BC. They hunted wildlife such as deer and boar, in what is today the largest county in the United Kingdom. Evidence of their presence remains; proven by the discovery of organic remains and flint tools that have survived due to the waterlogged conditions. The Star Carr settlement, near Scarborough remains Britain’s best known Mesolithic site to this day.
The settlers seemed to survive on hunting, until farming began around 3000 BC. The farmers grew crops, kept animals and made pottery and stone implements. Later, around 1 800 BC, they were to make bronze and weapons. However, the bronze farmers were replaced by the Celts, who arrived in Yorkshire around 500 BC.
During the first millennium AD, Yorkshire was occupied by Romans, Angels and Vikings. The Romans mined lead and built forts. By the 2nd century, they’d managed to create three towns, before leaving in 407 AD.
In the 8th century, craftsmen came to York, bringing the county back to life. Ships began to sail, but York remained an agricultural county. The Vikings came in, conquering England in the mid-9th century. They captured York in 866, and shortly afterwards, the Danish Kingdom of Yorkshire was founded. It was recaptured by the English in 954.
The King of Norway invaded England in 1066, with his army sailing along the Humber and the Ouse. Nevertheless, he was defeated by the English at the battle of Stamford Bridge. Shortly after that, William Duke of Normandy was crowned the King of England. In 1086, the people of Yorkshire rebelled. The King marched to York to build a fort there. In their second rebellion, the King was brutal in retaliation to the people of Yorkshire, ordering his men to burn food and crops. He also ordered the killing of domestic animals, in what came to be known as the “Harrying of the North”. Many people died of starvation.
Yorkshire recovered in the 12th and 13th centuries, as Norman landowners, keen to up their earnings, founded new towns. In the following years, the people of Yorkshire had to contend with many battles, including the Battle of the Standard with the Scots. In 1399, when King Richard II was overthrown, tension between the House of York and the House of Lancaster grew, culminating in a series of civil wars known today as the Wars of the Roses.
The 19th century saw steady population growth in Yorkshire with the boom of the coal, textile and steel industries. After the Second World War, Yorkshire saw a decline in its traditional industries, and towards the end of the 20th century, it reinvested itself in the fields of education, retail and tourism. It remains a vibrant, cosmopolitan county, with stately homes, castles and medieval churches. Do you live and work in the hustle and bustle of Yorkshire life, if so you may be feeling the stresses and strains? What you need is a memory foam product for your bed.
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