St Peters 10th Century

St. Peters Church Addingham

Cross Bottom

924 Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, becomes the first King of England.

Viking raids continued and when Ethelred II came to the throne in 978, the Viking armies he faced were fearsome and well organised. As the Danish raiders overpowered more and more land and towns, so they began to settle and by the end of the century they occupied much of Northumbria, East Anglia and the Midlands. They imposed their own laws on these areas and the occupied land became known as the Danelaw.

Little is known about Addingham during this time. Christian worship would have continued around the stone cross. It is very probable that the community suffered due to the Danish attacks.