Viking invaders could soon be able to negotiate the roads of a village in North England with greater ease, thanks to four unique ‘dual-language’ signs set to be unveiled tomorrow (June 15th).

The signs, thought to be the first of their kind in England, have been erected on the main roads into the village of Thingwall on the Wirral. Featuring the Old Norse equivalent of the village name and the English translation ‘Assembly Field’: they are the idea of Wirral-born University of Nottingham Professor Steve Harding.

Professor Harding said: “Our neighbours in Wales have dual signposting everywhere so it is good that at last we have something comparable in England although perhaps ironic they mark the site of Viking power. Thingwall was once the centre of Wirral’s substantial and politically independent Viking settlement. The Vikings would meet there to discuss law and policy and it would also be a great time of meeting old friends and festivity. They are still there in the genes of people from old families living there today.”

Harding is Professor of Applied Biochemistry and Director of theNational Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics (NCMH) at the University’s Sutton Bonington campus and his interest in researching his own heritage led to him using his scientific knowledge to get involved in the historical investigation of Vikings in North West England around 15 years ago.