Knaresborough’s Civil War event goes off with a bang

16 August 2017

Knaresborough Castle hosted a civil war on Saturday, 12 August 2017.

The Castle played an important role in the English Civil War, when Sir Henry Slingsby’s Royalist forces were besieged by the Parliamentary army.

This significant part of the castle’s history was  brought to life on Saturday when the Sealed Knot Society re-enactors present a spectacular experience, taking the castle back to a time when the sounds of cannon, musket and pike drills filled the Knaresborough air.


Diane Saxon, Access and Learning Manager with Harrogate Borough Council’s Museums and Arts Service, said:

Saturday’s Civil War event, our first, was a banging success!

People were wowed by the loud cannons and musket fire and were fascinated to learn all about the various weapons and skills on show, spending a lot of time chatting to the re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham’s Regiment of Foote, part of the Sealed Knot Society.

The children enjoyed  having a go at being a Pike-man and the two court leets in the Castle’s very own Tudor courtroom were standing room only, and thoroughly entertaining.  The Castle, museum and sallyport were popular as was the craft making tent -a thoroughly enjoyable day and we hope to be back with similar next year!














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