Norse Stabbur – Built by local Craftsman Paul Grainger & his team
By the end of the 9th Century there were large-scale settlements of Scandinavians in Britian and they had achieved political domination over a significant territory in the North. The densest Viking population was found in Yorkshire, where they had their capital city, York, which they renamed Jorvik. Many Yorkshire dialect words and place names derive from old Norse due to the Viking influence in this region. The word ‘Hutts’ in the address of The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park is a Norse word, meaning Head of the Valley, very apt name considering its location.
We believe that there has been some from of settlement on this site since Norse times, which was the inspiration for building the Norse Shelter. We have tried to design the stabbur (HUT) as close as possible to some of the original viking designs using timber from our woods which includes Spruce,larch and Pine.