Following our highly successful 700th anniversary commemoration of the execution of Thomas of Lancaster, we are pleased to say that a synopsis of the tour is now available on this website. Please click on the ‘Talks and Tours’ link on the right of this page under Media Galleries. We are delighted to say that we are now working on a follow-up tour which will cover the ‘Life and Times of John De Lacy’, Baron of Pontefract and one of the lead protagonists in enacting Magna Carta in 1215. Watch this space for further information including date and times.
We are delighted to announce that from the 19th March 2022, we are now in a position to offer free, individual or small group tours at either Pontefract or Sandal Castles. These tours can be personalised to cover either a general history of either site or a more specific tour covering such events as the Battle of Wakefield or Thomas of Lancaster. To request any such tour please contact us through the ‘Contact Us’ button situated on the ‘Welcome’ page of this site and we will come back to you as soon as possible.
We have today held a meeting with Linda from the Boroughbridge Historical Society and Louise from the Battlefields Trust to discuss all things relevant to Thomas of Lancaster with the 700th anniversary of his capture following the Battle of Boroughbridge on 16th March 1322 and his subsequent execution at Pontefract six days later, fast coming up. Boroughbridge Historical Society is holding a commemorative day this coming Saturday – 12th March – which will include two battlefield tours, so please go along if you can. The Battlefields Trust will also have a stand there for the day. You can visit both their websites from the links here.
To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the execution of one of Pontefract’s most famous sons within sight of his mighty fortress, we invite you to a 50 minutes’ talk/tour on Saturday 19th March at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. at Pontefract Castle. Places are limited and available for those aged 12 and over, so please book for free at https://bit.ly/WMandCEvents