Roseberry Topping

The classic view of Roseberry. From a location on Cliff Rigg favoured by every photographer in Cleveland.

Roseberry was first recognised in a 12th century document as Othenesberg which, the etymologists tell us, means ‘the hill of Othin’. Who was Othin? Although all say it is Scandinavian in origin but then opinion divides. Some say it is the equivalent of the Anglo-Saxon god Wodin, others prefer the Norse god Odin.

There is more of an agreement about Topping. This comes from the Old Norse toppinn meaning an hill top. So we get Odin’s hill hill.

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