The sword was found at present day Northside in 1903.

References to Workington's sword can be found in a variety of publications. In time we hope to list the most important ones here, but to start with:

The West Seaton Viking Sword

Edwards, B. J. N. 'The West Seaton Viking Sword'. Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, 3rd ser., 4 (2004), 123-32. Publisher: Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. ISSN 03097986.

I cannot find a copy on line at present. When more digitised texts become available it may be easier to access. Please let me know if you find a link. AVB

The British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography


The West Seaton Viking sword (2005/980) Edwards, B J N Trans Cumberland Westmorland Antiq Archaeol Soc, 4(Third Ser), 2004, 123–32, pls, fig, refs. Article concerning the rediscovery of the sword, reported at a meeting of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society in 1903 and subsequently apparently lost. The heavily corroded sword was originally found during roadworks near the River Derwent in West Seaton (North Side). The remains, which were submitted for treatment to Durham conservation laboratory, are described in detail, including the results of an X-ray examination and a discussion of the probable context and significance of its original discovery, which the author suggests was as part of a burial, in an area which has subsequently been shown to be rich in evidence of Viking period activity. Includes ‘Appendix I – report on examination and X-radiography’ by Jennifer Jones (128–30); ‘Appendix II: background to the “rediscovery” of the sword’ (130–1). DD 149

Source: The British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography - online update, September 2005 (1 of 1 for the year 2005) - print-on-demand version 2005-11-16. Type Viking sword into search