The battle of Rectory Park

AN English Civil War reenactment is to be held in Thornhill’s Rectory Park next month to mark the end of a history project.

The Friends of Rectory Park Group and Kirklees Council won a £46,800 Hertitage Lottery Fund grant for the scheme in May last year.

It paid for research into the former Thornhill Hall, leaflets and a new information panel to be created in the park. Activities included sessions led by archaeologists for children at Overthorpe, Thornhill and Headfield junior schools.

There was an evening lecture series on local history, guided walks around the park and projects involving  Thornhill’s community science college.

The scheme has now concluded and to celebrate its success organisers are reenacting the 1648 English Civil War battle in which Thornhill Hall was destroyed. 

It will be held on Saturday October 13 (2pm4pm) and will feature archery and sword fighting featuring professional reenactors in period dress.

Further work by the friends group, including a new footbridge over the moat and moat desilting, is likely to follow later.

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