Oakwell Civil War Spectacular

Oakwell Civil War

Oakwell Hall at Birstall will be rocked by the sound and fury of an English Civil War battle on 12 to 13 September 2015. Members of the English Civil War Society will be re-enacting the Battle of Adwalton Moor that took place on 30 June 1643 and Oakwell Hall itself will be filled by the family of its then owner, John Batt.

The Battle was one of the most important actions fought in the north of England during the Civil Wars that ended, six years later, with the execution of King Charles I. In 1643, around 10,000 soldiers fought hand to hand, with the King’s supporters winning.

While the re-enactment in September will not have as many participants, it will feature infantry with muskets and pikes, cavalry and artillery. The re-enactors take great pride in providing as accurate a representation of the soldiers of the time as possible and go to great lengths to explain what happened and why. Visitors, especially children, are encouraged to handle the muskets and even try on the armour worn by the pikemen.

Inside Oakwell Hall, the household will be in turmoil as the owner, John Batt, prepares to leave to join the Royalist army. His servants will be trying to gather together all the equipment he needs while everyday life continues. This will include a court hearing and serving of the type of dinner that would have been eaten by the gentry in the 1640s.

Eric Brown, Heritage Manager, of Oakwell Hall said:

“The members of the English Civil War Society brought a household to the Hall last October and it was a huge success. The comments from visitors were extremely complimentary and we’re anticipating another magnificent weekend in September’.

Entry ticket allows 1 day access to the Hall, living history camp and the battlefield. Families £25 on the day, £20 in advance. Adults £10 on the day or £8 in advance. Children £5 on the day, £4 in advance. Free parking included in the ticket price.

Tickets can be bought by calling 01924 326246.


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