We have recently been contacted by Ben Hardiment, a descendant of Charles Fairfax, uncle of renowned Parliamentarian commander-in-chief during the English Civil War, Sir Thomas Fairfax. Ben has kindly contributed a map of Pontefract Castle’s final siege, dated 1648, which he inherited.
We have also been in contact with Danielle Burton, who has for the last seven years been researching the life of Anthony Woodville, who was executed at Pontefract Castle on 25th June 1483, with the hope of publishing a book in the near future. If you would like to follow her blog, the link is here; https://voyagerofhistory.wordpress.com/category/fifteenth-century/
Over the past weeks, we have added over 100 new events to the history of both Pontefract and Sandal Castles, which means we have now over 780 entries in total, covering over a thousand years, including some for the 21st century. We also now have a link to this site from the Wakefield Museums and Castles blog at http://wakefieldmuseumsandlibraries.blogspot.co
On 24th May we met historian Sharon Bennett-Connolly. Sharon’s new book – ‘Defenders of the Norman Crown – Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey’ – was published on 31st May 2021. This is an enthralling insight into the owners of Sandal Castle from the 11th to the 14th centuries.
We have recently received the following feedback from Dr J L Laynesmith, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading and Richard III Society Research Officer: “ so much fascinating information and so many interesting links with key events”. For anyone with a specific interest in the Wars of the Roses and/or Richard III, please click on the following links.
Thanks to historian Sharon Bennett-Connolly who has recently provided us with a synopsis of the de Warennes’ family history. Please click the Key Families icon to the right of this home page to access this engrossing insight.