13th January, 2020: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome to the new-look Herstory website! Now, whatever kind of device you’re viewing it on, you should be able to see the pages as they’re meant to be seen – and in the coming weeks I’ll be bringing all the pages up to date with new information and images.
Meanwhile Hubcap and I rounded 2019 off in fine style by taking part in our one-and-only re-enactment event of the year:
joining the TBS Frei Compagnie and local friends the Harrington Household with a commemoration to mark the 559th anniversary of the battle of Wakefield at Sandal Castle (December 30th 1460). It was great to see the monument fully open again after a prolonged period of closure, with all the stairs and walkways reinstated, and vulnerable areas of masonry expertly consolidated with new stonework (visible on the images above and below). We were very fortunate to have fine weather and a good turnout of visitors, including a couple of dozen folk (photographed by Richard Taylor from the Friends of Sandal Castle) who joined me for a guided site tour/potted history of the battle – although I had to gallop through the closing stages thanks to the unexpectedly early arrival of the parade! ! Led by the Bishop of Wakefield, the marchers, some in full armour, had come all the way from Wakefield Cathedral via the chantry chapel and monument on Manygates Lane (respectively, where Edmund, Earl of Rutland and Richard, Duke of York had been killed on the day), to the castle for a brief service and wreath-laying. Altogether a successful event, we hope to repeat it this December for the 560th anniversary – let’s hope we also get a repeat of the weather!