Our own area is steeped in the English Civil War
Just a little north of Hull lies
York - and the nearby village of
Just 40 minutes car journey away from Hull
is the city of York and Prince Rupert famously rode to the outskirts and
fought for the Royalist Cause. Just further on from that the
Battle of Marston Moor took place in the evening of 2nd July 1644.
The village of
Long Marston has a memorial to all participants in the
Battle of Marston Moor and every year the local people dress
up in costume and gather there to remember the dead on both sides and place flowers on the
On the 350th Anniversary in 1994 we stayed
for the weekend and took part in the local remembrances - and re-enactments -
and have many photos to show you.
The main battle was reproduced at Ripley
Castle to protect the farmers fields and countryside (most of the landmarks are
unchanged from the 17th century) but then the Civil War Society and the
Sealed Knot and followers all gathered in the evening light to sing hymns and
think of those who gave their lives for democracy.
We took many photographs of the weekend in
1994, including on Marston Moor itself, and in particular the villagers taking
part in the special service, remembering both sides in the Civil War, which
pitted brother against brother, father against sons and daughters.
Hull also had marching and re-enacted battles - the
Battle of Beverley was performed on Queens Gardens in Hull !