Viking history expert, Professor Stephen Harding of Nottingham University, was guest of honour on February 27th at the official unveiling of the new information board, erected near the site of Wirral’s ancient Viking parliament.
ITPAS provided the interpretive information board in the car park of the Basset Hound pub, Thingwall, adjacent to the site of the historic Viking assembly, or parliament, at Cross Hill, Thingwall.
Vice Chairman, Roy Fisher, worked closely with Professor Stephen Harding and the brewery, Greene King, in bringing the project to fruition.
The board was funded by Wirral Council’s West Wirral Constituency Committee’s small grants programme and complements the Old Norse signage around Thingwall and the interpretive wall mural inside the Basset Hound itself.
Professor Harding said, ‘The fact that there was once a Thing assembly on Wirral shows how substantial the Viking population once was – and still is in the DNA of many of the people living here today. It is something that we can be really proud of. This beautifully produced board will help us celebrate this great heritage. It is also very appropriate that the Board has been located in the patio of the Basset Hound pub: this directly faces Cross Hill – the location in Thingwall most likely to have been the site of the Thing Assembly. 1000 years ago when the Vikings assembled for their Thing meet not only would it have been an important occasion for deciding policy and law, but also it would be an occasion for meeting old friends, some who could have come from afar (such as the Isle of Man, West Lancashire and North Wales – where there were also Viking settlements) … and the Vikings were known for liking a drink or two!”…
ITPAS Chairman, Melanie Walker, added: ‘The board will not only interest students of Viking history and visitors from Norway, but also the general public, many of whom may be unaware of the significance of the site. We are very pleased with the finished article and wish to thank Professor Harding, for his support, and for helping us with the content