An Exploration of the Viking and Saxon World of 10th Century Devon and Cornwall.
held at Kelly College, Tavistock, Devon, 11th - 13th April 1997
This year is the 1000th aniversary of the Viking raid on Lydford and Tavistock as recorded in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle :- 'AD. 997 The Danes went around Devonshire into the mouth of the Severn and there ravaged in Cornwall, Wales and Devon. Then they put into Watchet and did much evil by burning and slaughtering. After that they went around Land's End again on the south side and went into the mouth of the Tamar, continuing up until they came to Lydford, burning or killing each thing they met - they burnt down Ordulf's monastery at Tavistock and brought with them to their ships indescribable plunder.'
The conference commemorated this most significant raid on two of Devon's historic settlements by bringing together authoritative speakers on a wide range of topics covering the period.