Battle re-enactment brings history to life

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History was brought alive when an English Civil War battle was re-lived in South Yorkshire at the weekend.

Cavalry charges and cannon explosions were among the highlights of the battle in the grounds of Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, which was seen by thousands.

On both Saturday and Sunday the famous Sealed Knot history re-enactment group recreated took spectators back in time by recreating the Battle of Tankersley Moor, which took place in 1643.

There were around 1,000 involved in the battle.

A living history camp was also set up in the grounds of the castle, where demonstrations of net making, spinning, turning and cookery were on offer as well as the chance for members of the public to handle old weapons.

Event organiser Simon Wright said: “The event is what we call a major muster, which is the largest type of event we do.

“The Society ended last year with around 3,500 members; compromising men, women and children, and as a major muster this was open to all our membership so there was a considerable number of re-enactors on the field.”

The event marked the 370th anniversary of the Battle of Tankersley Moor, which saw a victory by the Royalist forces of the Earl of Newcastle over the local Parliamentarians.

Despite Newcastle’s title, he was born in Sheffield and his soldiers were recruited across the North of England.

Co-organiser Liz Wright said: “These events are all about making history come alive for people.

“The Sealed Knot is for all ages and we have some families where children, parents and grandparents are all involved. There were around 1,000 involved in the battles over the weekend.”