A Viking Network Project
This is our:
Kirkgate - Kirkjugata - Kirkegate - Kyrkgata - Kirkegade
Tell us about your 'CHURCH STREET'
Two of the words the Old Norse language gave us are those for 'church' and
'street' (or 'way') and these are often found together now as a street name
in towns in many parts of the Viking world. On Iceland today they say Kirkjugata,
in Norway we have Kirkegate, in Denmark it is Kirkegade, in Sweden Kyrkagata,
and in The Danelaw of England and in Scotland it is Kirkgate and they all
point back to the Vikings!
This is just one example of the way in which the countries from which Vikings
came, and in which they settled, are linked together.
The streets bearing these names are often the main streets in a town centre
and - as we might expect from the name - usually have a church (perhaps a
very old and important one) on them.
What to look for
But today they will be very different from the time when the first church
was built there and the street leading to it was given its name. Perhaps
it now has modern shops along it, or parks, or sports grounds, or offices.
We would like you to tell us about YOUR `church street'. Maybe you could
find out something about its history, or the history of the church itself
You could describe the street - is it still one of the most important streets
in the town? Is it busy or quiet? Are there important buildings along it?
What about a map ? Have any great events in your town's history happened
on or near this street? You could send some photographs of your 'church street'
and yourselves and tell us a little about your class or school, too. It will
be great fun visiting the pages of the Viking Network on the Internet, to
show people YOUR church street, together with those from other parts of the
What to do
Send your contributions by Email to The Viking Network:
The working language is English.
If you want to include a map, photo or drawing, please send them by snail-mail
to: The Viking Network, Wigo H. Skramm, Kirkeveien 97, N-1900 Fetsund, Norway.
NOTE! If you prefer to scan illustrations yourselves and send them
electronically, please contact us first for details. You might have the
opportunity to create your own `Kirkgate' home-page and to put it up on your
own server. If so, please do and send us an Email where you include the URL
and tell us about it. We will include your contribution on our `Kirkgates'
home page by making a link to your page.
Barrie and Wigo
Updated October 16, 1996 - The Viking