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.

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England’s Heroic Age

On this St George’s Day, also called England Day, we were very pleased to find this moving tribute to the great Saxon and Viking heroes of England.

Click here to watch it.

And a Happy St George’s Day to all Englishmen and Englishwomen.

Published in: on April 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm  Comments (1)  
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Harald Hardrada’s descendant is coming to Stamford Bridge

We have established strong links with the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society, (BOSBS), and indeed their Chris Rock came down to King Harold Day last October.   Our photo shows the Battle of Stamford Bridge stall at King Harold Day 2012.

That battle, of course, took place on 25 September 1066, when King Harold II of England KHD2012- (154)and his army defeated the army of King Harald Hardrada of Norway.

Now we learn that the BOSBS have a bit of a coup themselves this month as a descendant of King Harald Hardrada will be guest speaker at one of their meetings.   This is what they say about it:-

A REAL Viking comes to Stamford Bridge 

Yes we are happy to have as guest speaker on 21st February 2013, a living descendant of King Harald Sigurdsson (Hardrada), Jarl Gunnar Olafsson.   On Gunnar’s Facebook page he explains how in Iceland the family name traces the heritage of when and where they originate from; one tradition they still hold on to dearly, unlike other countries.   The Icelandic groups are new to the re-enactment scene, although they do have lots of societies and history groups, but as far as putting on public shows it’s all new territory for them;  in fact the head of the Vikings’ York group, the Volsung Vikings, recently went to Iceland to show them how to act and fight like a Viking….bizarre! 

Just hope Gunnar has forgiven us for the death of his great ancestor here in 1066.”

 

 

Dom is asked a very good question!

Domini Walton is a member of the re-enactment group, Saebert’s Folc, and was at Domini of Saebert's FolcKing Harold Day last October.

She also goes into schools to talk about the Vikings and their times.   She was asked this question on a recent visit:-

 “If boys are Vikings, does that mean girls are Viqueens?”

And that was closely followed by:-

“Can you come every day so we don’t have to do any work?”

As she says, you’ve got to love Year 3s.

Published in: on April 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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