Scarborough Castle Vikings

Scarborough Castle Vikings

A much later Icelandic poem claims that a Viking settlement around the harbour was burnt down in 1066 by Hardrada’s forces, who built a large bonfire on the headland to supply burning brands to hurl at the villagers below. However, there is no archaeological evidence of such an event, nor any of the Viking presence.

The first evidence of the harbour settlement coincides with the establishment of the stone castle around 1157–1164. This grew from a small settlement around a wooden fortress which the stone castle replaced.