Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tales about the Topping That Are Absolutely Staggering

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tales about the Topping That Are Absolutely Staggering

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Byline: MIEKA SMILES @MiekaSmiles

O you love it? If you do, you're not alone.

DRoseberry topping is a treasured local landmark that's kept people fascinated for centuries.

Memories and myths merge to make it part of the region's collective consciousness.

Families walk up it together, runners are challenged by it and countless couples have agreed to tie the knot at its summit.

But there's some pretty weird stuff about it too.

Here are just a few of the most extraordinary bits of Roseberry Topping trivia.

1. It looked very different not so long ago...

Until 1912, the summit resembled a 'sugarloaf' and it was geological fault that changed its shape forever. 2. And it's had LOADS of names The Vikings who settled in the area held the landmark in a special regard.

In 1119 it became known as Othenesberg, the second part of which derives from Old Norse 'bjarg' or 'rock.'.

The first element is thought to be after the Norse God Odin - and the landmark is also known as Odin's Hill.

The name changed over time to Othensberg, Ohenseberg, Ounsberry and Ouesberry. Finally Roseberry.

'Topping' is a Yorkshire dialectal derivation of Old English topp - as in 'top of a hill.'.

3. It inspired Captain Cook In 1736 James Cook's family moved to Airey Holme Farm at nearby Great Ayton.

In his time off working on the farm young James and his dad would take a wander up the hill.

4. It can predict the weather (or so they say) The landmark was used by sailors and farmers as an indicator of bad weather on its way.

An old rhyme shows how you can too: "When Roseberry Topping wears a cap, let Cleveland then beware of a clap!" 5. It used to be in someone's back garden - kind of The hill was once private property - and part of a game estate owned by the Cressy family.

In the early 18th century, Dorothea Cressy married Archibald Primrose, who was later made Earl of Rosebery.

6. There's a pyramid beneath it... apparently Famous archaeologist Alfred Vincent Kidder APPARENTLY stated that the ruins of a 3,000-year-old pyramid lie beneath it.

However, apart from one seemingly obscure internet page on the myths about the landmark, we can't find another mention. …

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