Civil War’s return sealed with a bang

Wentworth Castle. Sealed Knot recreate the Battle of Tankersley Moor, by John Vause

Wentworth Castle. Sealed Knot recreate the Battle of Tankersley Moor, by John Vause

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Muskets cracked, pikes clashed and smoke billowed as history fans dramatically recreated the English Civil War.

Cavalry charges and cannon explosions helped bring history back to life in the grounds of Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, watched by thousands.

Star reader John Vause captured the excitement with these spectacular photographs.

The famous Sealed Knot history re-enactment group took spectators back in time by recreating the Battle of Tankersley Moor, which took place in 1643.

The event marked the 370th anniversary of the battle, which saw a victory by the Royalist forces of the Earl of Newcastle over the local Parliamentarians.

A living history camp was also set up in the grounds of the castle, with demonstrations of net making, spinning, turning and cookery from the 17th century.

Co-organiser Liz Wright said: “These events are all about making history come alive for people.”