New information board marks the “Thing” on the Wirral

News today that a Viking Parliament site has been officially marked Thingwall - Viking parliament placeon the Wirral, north west England.   The site in the village of Thingwall is one of the earliest known assemblies or parliaments.

Professor Steve Harding of the University of Nottingham and Professor Judith Jesch, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, have been researching the Viking heritage of the area for many years.   They have worked with local councils and heritage groups to make the Viking legacy more visible to the modern population.

The Vikings arrived on the Wirral in AD902 and even today their presence remains in the genes of Wirral families with up to 50% of their DNA being of Norse origin. 

Professor Harding has now unveiled an historical information board to mark the Viking “Thing” or open air assembly place in the village of Thingwall.   It tells the story of the Viking arrival and settlement and their influence over the area, using pictures and maps.   The board faces Cross Hill, which is most likely to have been the site of the Thing Assembly, a place both for deciding policy and law and for meeting old friends.

It is now hoped to build a heritage trail from the board to the top of the Thing mound.  

You can read the whole story here.

Celebrate Holy Cross Day at Waltham Abbey

Exciting news for all you 1066 and Anglo Saxon fans – the King Harold Day Society is promoting a new event in Waltham Abbey on 14 September this year, which we hope will become an annual date in the calendar. 

We are working with the Abbey Church and with Waltham Abbey Historical Society to put on     ………………..   

Holy Cross Day, to celebrate the day in about 1035 when Tovi the Proud, King Cnut’s Standard Bearer, brought the Holy Cross from Montacute to Waltham. 

So on Wednesday 14th September there will be a special service in the Abbey during which the story of the journey of the Holy Cross will be told.   Later there will be a procession from the western side of the River Lea, across the river, ending in the Abbey Churchyard.  This will represent the 66 Saxons who, according to the Waltham Chronicle, accompanied the Holy Cross on its journey to Waltham.   The procession will end at the eastern side of the Abbey in the spot where it is believed Tovi built his church to accommodate the Holy Cross, and there we will erect the cross we have brought from the other side of the River Lea. 

There will be a peal of bells from the Abbey Church, which will coincide with a similar peal at Montacute where they also celebrate Holy Cross Day. 

Watch this site for more details.

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm  Comments (3)  

8th October will be King Harold Day 2011

We have fixed the date for next year’s King Harold Day.

It will be on Saturday 8th October, as ever in the Abbey Gardens at Waltham Abbey from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Essex Tourism Awards

Delighted to report that King Harold Day has been shortlisted in the Events & Festivals Category of the 2010 Essex Tourism Awards.

Now we wait to see if we will get any further  –  the shortlist is three.

Published in: on August 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment