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Burnsall's Viking past on show - at last!

Tuesday 02 February 2004

AN EXHIBITION aimed at unravelling a Dales village's rich Viking past will be unveiled later this year - 16 years after the project was first planned.

A shortage of funds has thwarted several previous attempts to conserve the area's artefacts and put them on display in Burnsall, Upper Wharfedale, but thanks to a £25,000 Heritage Lottery Fund, an important collection of 1,000 year old stone carvings will finally go on display this summer.

The permanent display will be housed within the village's St Wilfred's church and will feature a unique collection of Anglo-Scandinavian sculptures dating from the late ninth to the 11th century.

Project co-ordinator John Townend said: "Many of the artefacts were discovered under the floor of the church by workmen carrying out building repairs back in the 19th century. One was found as recently as 1985 in the riverbank by visiting pupils from South Craven School.

"The aim of the 'Vikings in Burnsall' exhibition is to explain how a few simple stones can tell an amazing story about life in the village around 1,000 years ago. We hope the display will draw extra visitors to both Burnsall and its church, which will continue to be open daily and free of charge"


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