Castle hosts a medieval treat

Helen Cox from Frei Compagnie re-enactment society in 15th century attire and with weapons ahead of an event at the castle on New Year's Eve to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Wakefield. With Keith Souter, Nadeem Ahmed and Amaan Ahmed
Helen Cox from Frei Compagnie re-enactment society in 15th century attire and with weapons ahead of an event at the castle on New Year's Eve to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Wakefield. With Keith Souter, Nadeem Ahmed and Amaan Ahmed
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MEDIEVAL weapons, clothing and crafts which would have been used during the Battle of Wakefield will go on show next week.

The replica relics will form part of celebrations at Sandal Castle on New Year’s Eve.

The Frei Compagnie re-enactors will be performing a show and tell event in partnership with friends of the castle from 1pm to 3pm.

And at around 2pm a wreath will be laid at the site where Richard Duke of York was killed 550 years ago.

The historic series of events during the War of the Roses is just as important to remember today as ever according to Friends of Sandal Castle member Keith Souter.

Dr Souter said: “I think it’s important to have a sense of your routes and background to what has happened in the past.

“Wakefield was a very important part of the country, when Leeds was just a village.

“The idea of this event is so people can talk with the re-enactors and get a flavour of what life was like in the 15th century.”

Richard Duke of York died during the Battle of Wakefield on December 30, 1460.

On Saturday, December 31, residents will join members of the Wakefield Historical Society and the Yorkshire branch of the Richard III Society to lay a wreath at a monument on Manygates Lane, where it is believed the duke fell.

A wreath is laid each year to commemorate his death.

The duke was slaughtered in the battle after leaving Sandal Castle with his army of around 5,000 to face King Henry VI’s opposing Lancastrian force of 15,000.

And it is believed his poor military skills shown on the day inspired the nursery rhyme, The Grand Old Duke of York.