sources tell us, William totally devastated the land as he moved north.
William ordered his soldiers to burn the land. This meant nothing
could be grown and people would starve.
Nothing could survive on
the bare land that was left.
harrying was "...so severe [that]
there was no village inhabited between York and Durham."
Simeon of Durham
J. Stevenson, Church Historians of England (1853-8) p.551