In 1840 (175 years ago this year )the hoard was discovered by a gang of workman repairing the nearby bank of the river. Some attempt was made by the workmen to fill their pockets with coins from the find but following the intervention of a bailiff they were allowed to keep one piece each while the rest was taken to Cuerdale Hall where the trove covered a sitting room floor. It was the largest Viking hoard ever found in Western Europe.
Freebooting marauding Vikings fit into the popular notion of the Viking Age when the constant prayer was “From the fury of the Northmen deliver us O Lord.” Yet the discovery of the hoard gives us another picture – one which reflects the wide international connects the Vikings had across the known world in all likelihood made not by conquest but peaceful trade. The non-Viking coins originated from the English (Anglo Saon) Kingdoms, the Continent, Byzantium and areas of Moslem influence in the Middle East and beyond.
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
onto a farm drive which drops down past residences
and then before farm buildings swings left and then right alongside a tall hedge.
After a metal gate (where you may encounter mud so be prepared)
the public footpath follows the field boundary on the right.
Initially you are close to the river but the takes you away from it as you cross a large bend of the Ribble.
After four fields
the path reaches a metal gate
alongside a wire fence. Through this the public right of way continues on an enclosed track near Cuerdale Hall. Safe in knowledge you have permission once through the gate turn left and head towards the river bank. The memorial to the find - a squat stone marker is situated close to the fence.
Extension to the walk. For readers who would be irked by retracing their steps return to the public footpath and turn left and where the path divides beyond the hall bear left along the river bank. This will take you onto the A59 at Brockholes Bridge. Turn left cross the bridge to join the Guild Wheel Cycle Route/ Ribble Way. In 2 ½ miles this brings you to London Road A6. Turn left across London Road Bridge and kept ahead to Walton-le-Dale. After 700yds turn left into Cuerdale Lane.