Civil war comes to life at Pontefract Castle

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 01/06/19 - Press - Pontefract Castle Civil War Day, Pontefract, England - Battle re-enactment at Pontefract castle.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 01/06/19 - Press - Pontefract Castle Civil War Day, Pontefract, England - Battle re-enactment at Pontefract castle.

There was a siege mentality at Pontefract Castle over the weekend as the English Civil War came to life.

Guests visited the dungeons, learned about a siege that took place in the town 375 years ago, watched a battle re-enactment, and watched a blacksmith making armour using techniques from the period.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 01/06/19 - Press - Pontefract Castle Civil War Day, Pontefract, England - Youngsters & adults learn the ropes of civil war infantry days with relpica muskets.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 01/06/19 - Press - Pontefract Castle Civil War Day, Pontefract, England - Youngsters & adults learn the ropes of civil war infantry days with relpica muskets.

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There was also the opportunity for people to test how they would have managed to scale the walls of a besieged castle.

Visitor could have go at scaling a climbing wall, watch craft demonstrations, and try striking a siege coin.

Coun Jacquie Speight, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at Wakefield Council, said: “The Civil War event was very popular attracting around 1,650 visitors over the weekend.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 01/06/19 - Press - Pontefract Castle Civil War Day, Pontefract, England - A general view (GV) of the Civil War day at pontefract Castle.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 01/06/19 - Press - Pontefract Castle Civil War Day, Pontefract, England - A general view (GV) of the Civil War day at pontefract Castle.

“It was a great day out and we’ve received very positive feedback from families who enjoyed all the action, including the demonstrations, trying out the climbing wall and learning about a siege that took place in the town 375 years ago.”