Civil War at Nunnington Hall

Over the 29 and 30 July, Ryedale will echo to the sound of cannon and musket fire for the first time for over 370 years, as Nunnington Hall once again play hosts to Government soldiers. 

The Sealed Knot

But what’s it all about?

Back in 1644, the Battle of Marston Moor had been fought on 2 July and the city of York had surrendered two weeks later. Thomas Fairfax’s troops now turned their attention to the remaining Royalist garrisons.

In September of that year his soldiers began the siege of Helmsley Castle some 4 ½ miles to the north-west of Nunnington. Fairfax’s plan seems to have been to starve out the 200 Royalists, under the command of Sir Jordan Crossland.

Nunnington Hall was used by the Roundheads as a garrison where soldiers were moved forward to the Helmsley siege lines and then brought back to recover and receive rudimentary medical services. It is this small part that Nunnington Hall played in Civil War that members of the Sealed Knot will portray over the last weekend from 10.30am until 4.30pm each day.

“Lilburne’s Regiment of Foote” and the National Trust invite you to chat with the soldiers, handle the weapons and tools of the day, watch and listen, and get involved in a chat with the surgeon. 

So come along and get involved as the Civil War comes to Ryedale.

Saturday 29 July
10.30am – Artillery to officially open the day
11.20am – All soldiers meeting in the Beech Hedge
11.30am – ‘Display of Arms’ Pike and shot
12 noon – ‘Execution of spy’
1pm – ‘Oliver Cromwell’s head’ talk
2.45pm – Pike and shot drill in the Garden
3.10pm – ‘Execution of spy’
3.15pm – Royalist attack!

Sunday 30 July
10.30am – Artillery cannonade to open the day.
Ten minute talk on ‘Gunnery’
11.20am – All arms to meet in the Beech Hedge
11.30am – ‘Display of Arms’ Pike and shot
12 noon – ‘Execution of spy’
1pm – ‘Blood, Gore and More’ talk in the Hall
2.30pm – Pike and shot drill in the Garden
3.10pm – ‘Execution of spy’
3.15pm – Royalist attack!

Normal admission prices apply. National Trust members free.