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YORKSHIRE 

BATTLEFIELD AND MILITARY HERITAGE 

If you are  looking for something to do for an afternoon while on holiday somewhere in Britian, we can find a local expert guide for the battlefield and arrange a tour for you.  

 

This  corner of England closest to the continent of Europe has the been the site of the major battles against foreign invaders, Ancient Britions v Romans; Saxons v Normans and the Luftwaffe v the RAF, and of castles such as Dover and Rochester as well as some of the battles sucvh as Lewes 1264 that shaped our country. 


Events in Yorkshire

If you are planning a tour to Britian, and would like to take in some of the spectacle of our military heritage we can help you to take advantage of the dozens of re-enactment and other events staged around the country.


We will be adding an events calendar so you can see what is on and where!

Royal Dragoon Guards Museum - York Army Museum

The museum in Tower St York tells the story of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards from 1685 when six Troops of Horse were raised for service under King James II and continues up to amalgamation with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards to form the present Royal Dragoons Guards. It includes artefacts from all the antecedent regiments dating back to their formation in the 1680s.

Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum - York

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The muusem in Tower St York covers the history of two famous Yorkshire Regiments, both raised in 1685 by King James II. Displays of uniforms, badges, medals, silver, weapons, trophies, pictures and photographs illustrate the lives and service of both regiments over a period of 300 years. Objects related to the successor regiment, The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, continue the story from 1958

Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry Museum

The Yeomanry Barracks, Fulford Road, York houses a small collection of artefacts and memorabilia from Yorkshire’s Yeomanry Regiments.

Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) Museum - Halifax

The Collection illustrates the history of the Regiment from the raising of the 33rd Foot in 1702 and the 76th Foot in 1787 to the present day. The Museum has undergone a recent redesign to tell the story of the Regiment ‘through the eyes’ of the soldiers who served in it. There is a strong emphasis on the unique traditions of the Regiment and its links with the West Riding of Yorkshire.  Other exhibits relate to the local Volunteer, Militia and Territorial Forces and there are display of objects associated with the Iron Duke himself and the Regiment’s heritage as a name synonymous with Rugby in the British Army

Kohima Museum

This collection in Imphal Barracks Fulford Ropad York  commemorates the Deeds and actions of the British 2nd Division, from their recovery from Dunkirk to 1946, paying particular attention and detail to the Battle of Kohima in 1944 almost all of the artefacts have been donated by veterans and their relatives making it a very personal collection that sees the battle through the eyes of those who fought it. 

Battle of Adwalton Moor

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The Earl of Newcastle, the Royalist Commander, defeated  Fairfax in command of the Parliamentarian forces.  The battle was of medium term significance, consolidating Royalist control of Yorkshire.  It is listed by English Heritage as aRegistered Battlefield.

RAF Scampton 

RAF Scampton is an important location in the hisotry of aier warfare.The Dambusters 617 Squadron RAF flew fromScampton.  There is a station museum, housed in one of the original WW2 hangers and contains over 400 artifacts (including a Blue Steel Missile.

Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and Lincolnshire Yeomanry Collections

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The Collections of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and the Lincolnshire Yeomanry, now owned by the Lincolnshire County Council, are housed in a listed barracks which was built in 1857 for the Royal Lincoln Militia. The displays of uniforms, weapons, badges, medals and regimental memorabilia cover the history of the County infantry regiment from 1685 onwards. Exhibits illustrate the Regiment’s service in the American War of Independence, the Sudan campaign, Boer War and both World Wars. A separate display is devoted to uniforms, medals and photographs of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry

Green Howards Regimental Museum

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An excellent collection of well-presented items on three floors illustrating the 300 year history of this famous Regiment and its close links with the North Riding of Yorkshire. Rich displays of uniforms, badges, headdress and silver are complemented by an extensive medal collection with an interactive computer guide. There are special cases dedicated to the Ladies of the Regiment, military sport and a new temporary exhibition is displayed each year

The Battle of Boroughbridge (16 March 1322)

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The Battle of Boroughbridge was fought between a group of rebellious barons and King Edward II of England, near Boroughbridge, north-west of York. The culmination of a long period of antagonism between the king and Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, his most powerful subject, it resulted in Lancaster's defeat and execution. This allowed Edward to re-establish royal authority, and hold on to power for another five years.Not in itself a part of the Wars of Scottish Independence, the battle is significant for its employment of tactics learned in the Scottish wars in a domestic, English conflict. Both the extensive use of foot soldiers rather than cavalry, and the heavy impact caused by the longbow, represented significant steps in military developments. It is listed by English Heritage as aRegistered Battlefield.

Battle of the Standard(22 August 1138)

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The Battle of the Standard, sometimes called the Battle of Northallerton, in which English forces repelled a Scottish army, took place  on Cowton Moor near Northallerton in Yorkshire. The Scottish forces were led by King David I of Scotland. The English were commanded by William of Aumale. There is limited interpretation but a guide can bring the story to live. It is listed by English Heritage as aRegistered Battlefield.  

Battle of Old Byland (Oct 1322)

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The Battle of Old Byland (also known as the Battle of Byland Moor and Battle of Byland Abbey) was a significant encounter between Scots and English troops in Yorkshire in October 1322, forming part of the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was a victory for the Scots, the most significant since Bannockburn, though on a far smaller scale.

Battle of Myton (20 September 1319)

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The Battle of Myton, nicknamed the Chapter of Myton or The White Battle because of the number of clergy involved, was a major engagement in the First Scottish War of Independence, fought in Yorkshire. It was a victory for the Scots over the English It is listed by English Heritage as aRegistered Battlefield.

Battle of Towton (29 March 1461)

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The battle of Towton was the largest and important battles of the Wars of the Roses fought  near the village of the same name in Yorkshire. It is claimed to haveb been  "probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil".According to chroniclers, more than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours amidst a snowstorm on that day, which was Palm Sunday. The engagement brought about a monarchical change in England—Edward IV displaced Henry VI as King of England, driving the head of the Lancastrians and his key supporters out of the country.There interpretation boards and a small interpretation centre.  It is listed by English Heritage as a Registered Battlefield.  

Battle of Marston Moor 1644

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The Battle of Marston Moor was fought on 2 July 1644, during the First English Civil War of 1642–1646. The combined forces of the English Parliamentarians under Lord Fairfax and the Earl of Manchester and the Scottish Covenanters under the Earl of Leven defeated the Royalists commanded by Prince Rupert of the Rhine and the Marquess of Newcastle. After their defeat the Royalists effectively abandoned the north of England.  It is listed by English Heritage as a Registered Battlefield. 

Battle of Wakefield 1460

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The Battle of Wakefield took place in Sandal Magna near Wakefield, in West Yorkshire in Northern England, on 30 December 1460. It was a major battle of the Wars of the Roses. The opposing forces were an army led by nobles loyal to the captive King Henry VI of the House of Lancaster, his Queen Margaret of Anjou and their seven year-old son Edward, Prince of Wales on one side, and the army of Richard, Duke of York, the rival claimant to the throne, on the other. The Duke of York was killed and his army was destroyed. 

Eden Camp

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is a large Second World War-related museum near Malton in North Yorkshire in England. It occupies a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp of 33 huts. After the prisoners left, the camp was used for storage and then abandoned. Its grounds then became overgrown. As the museum was being set up, much clearing, as well as repair and renovation of the buildings, was required. One of its buildings contains three human torpedoes and a "Sleeping Beauty" Motorised Submersible Canoe.The museum also has a reproduction V1.

Elvington Airfield

RAF Elvington was a Royal Air Force station which operated from the beginning of the Second World War until 1992 located at Elvington, Yorkshire, England..  The adjacent buildings and control tower have been restored, and serve as the Yorkshire Air Museum which has many varied and rare aircraft and exhibits, including a complete Halifax bomber.

Battles of Lincoln 1141 and 1217 

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The Battle of Lincoln or First Battle of Lincoln occurred on 2 February 1141. Stephen of England was captured during the battle, imprisoned, and effectively deposed while Empress Matilda ruled for a short time.  .The Second Battle of Lincoln occurred at Lincoln Castle on 20 May 1217, during the First Barons' War, between the forces of the future Louis VIII of France and those of King Henry III of England. Louis' forces were attacked by a relief force under the command of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. The Comte du Perche, commanding the French troops, was killed and this heavy defeat led to Louis being expelled from his base in the southeast of England. This event is known as “Lincoln Fair” after the looting that took place afterwards. The citizens were loyal to Louis so Henry’s forces sacked the city.

York & Lancaster Regiment Museum- Rotherham

The regimental museum in the Rotherham Central Librray and Arts centre closed on 23rd December 2011 and is planned to re-open in Hune/July 2013 in new premises within the Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham.

Siege of Newark

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Newark endured three sieges during the English Civil War. The town was important as two major roads ran through it.. Control of Newark was vital to the Royalists as it connected their headquarters in Oxford to Royalist centres in the north-east. Newark suffered its first short-lived siege between February 27th and 28th 1643. The second siege lasted longer from February 29th to March 21st 1644 while the third siege lasted from November 26th 1645 to May 8th 1646.  It is possible to see traces of one of the basions and the town is the home to the national English Civil War Centre

East Kirkby Aviaiton Centre

The airfield, until that point being the site of broiler sheds owned by Mansfield's J.B.Eastwood Ltd, was bought in 1981 by Fred and Harold Panton, and is now home to an air museum, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. In 1988, they bought Just Jane the gate guardian Lancaster bomber from RAF Scampton, which is regularly taxied out and stood with the four Rolls Royce Merlin XXIV engines running. Just Jane is one of only three airworthy Lancasters still capable of flying, but will not fly until the privately run museum can afford an air worthiness certificate.

Helmsley Castle Siege 1644

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During the English Civil War, the castle was besieged by Sir Thomas Fairfax in 1644. Sir Jordan Crosland held it for the king for three months before surrendering. Parliament ordered the castle to be slighted to prevent its further use and much of the walls, gates and part of the east tower were destroyed.

The Battle of Fulford  1066

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The Battle of Fulford took place at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford[1] near York in England, on 20 September 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada ("harðráði" in Old Norse, meaning "hard ruler"), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the Northern Earls Edwin and Morcar

Battle of Stamford Bridge  1066)

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The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire in England, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway (Old Norse: Haraldr harðráði) and the English king's brother Tostig Godwinson. After a bloody and horrific battle, both Hardrada and Tostig along with most of the Norwegians were killed. Although Harold Godwinson repelled the Norwegian invaders, his victory was short-lived: he was defeated and killed by the Normans at Hastings less than three weeks later.  It is listed by English Heritage as aRegistered Battlefield.

4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment Collection - Hull

The Collection, which also includes items from the 5th and 10th Battalions of the Regiment as well as the East Yorks Militia and Rifle Volunteers, may be viewed by appointment. at the 
Wilberforce House Museum,,

13th/18th Royal Hussars (QMO) and The Light Dragoons Museum - Barnsley

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The Collection covers the history of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars with a series of displays illustrating the life of the Regiment in peace and war from 1715 to the present time. Exhibits relate to the Battle of Waterloo, Charge of the Light Brigade, Boer War, both World Wars and The Light Dragoons’ involvement in more recent operations. i.e.The former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan 2009 where the LD Battlegroup led the operation "Panther's Claw". The regimental collection is within the museum of Cannon Hall Barnsley

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum Collection - Doncaster

The Regimental Gallery of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry is in the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. The gallery displays an excellent collection of regimental memorabilia, uniforms, uniforms, pictures and silver dating from the raising of the Regiment in 1755 to its amalgamation into The Light Infantry in 1968 and then into The Rifles in 2007. It includes a model of the Pontefract Barracks, the Roll of Honour of the 5th Battalion and one of the most extensive medal collections in this country

Battle of Wincby 11 October 1643 

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The Battle of Winceby took place on 11 October 1643 during the English Civil War near the village of Winceby, Lincolnshire about 4 miles (6 km) east of Horncastle. It is listed by English Heritage as a Registered Battlefield.A Parliamnetarian force under Fairfax defeated a Royalist one seeking to besiege Kingston on Hull.  This was the first battle in which Oliver Cromwell distinguished himself as a commander