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  • War of the Roses – A Yorkist Civil War 14/4/24

    Thanks to everyone who came to our talk today at Pontefract Castle – it was great to see so many people there. Again, thanks to everyone for the positive feedback and we hope to see many of you again on Sunday 21st July, at 2.00pm in the Visitor Centre at Pontefract Castle, when we will be delivering our next talk on’Henry IV and his Connections to Pontefract Castle’. In the meantime, we hope you can join us on Saturday 18th May at Sandal Castle at 11.00am, when as part of the Wordfest Festival we will be delivering a tour and talk on ‘Shakespeare and the War of the Roses’, paying particular attention to the Battle of Wakefield and it’s various theories. Please book via Pontefract Castle for either of these events.

  • Sherburn Local History Society

    Thanks to all at Sherburn Local History Society for both their kind invitation to give a talk on the history of Pontefract Castle last night, and for their very positive feedback. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and we hope everyone had an enjoyable evening. We hope to see you again soon.

  • Netherton Infants and Junior School

    Thanks to the staff and pupils at Netherton Infants and Junior School for inviting Alan and myself into their classrooms this week to deliver local history lessons on the development and key events at Pontefract Castle. It has been a pleasure to spend time with you all and we thank you all for the fantastic welcome and the superb engagement the pupils had with ourselves. We hope to see you again.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Just a quick note on two upcoming events we are delivering in February and April 2024. On Wednesday 21st February between 11.00am and 2.00pm we will be at Sandal Castle as part of the ‘366 Things to Do in Wakefield in 2024’. We will be taking anyone who is interested on a walk round tour of the castle, giving a brief history of it’s development and key events that have taken place there. Then on Sunday April 14th, at 2.00pm, we will be giving our next talk at Pontefract Castle, in the Visitor Centre, titled, ‘Wars of the Roses – A Yorkist Civil War 1461 – 71’. We would love to see anyone who reads these pages at one of these events.

  • Danielle Burton

    Many congratulations to one of our friends and contacts, Danielle Burton, whose book ‘Anthony Woodville – Sophisticate or Schemer’ is published today. Woodville was the brother of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and governor to the young Prince of Wales, who would become briefly, EdwardV. Anthony Woodville would meet his death at Pontefract Castle on the 25th June 1483 on the orders of the soon to be, Richard III. We are sure this book will be a fascinating read and would urge all followers of these pages to purchase if possible.