June 2002 and Greenhalgh Castle is again under siege, and
the sound of battle rings out, only this time its just for
interest in the castle is in the name it carries, "Greenhalgh"
(No surprise there)! I have wondered since finding out about
the castle, why is it called Greenhalgh? Well it seems the
old spelling was not too great back then! In documents which
still exist in the Stanley archives spellings like Geenhall,
Grenall, Grenhough and Greenhalgh were attributed to the
Stanley manor. There is also one opinion that the manors
headquarters were in Greenhalgh village which is roughly
9 miles away from the castle, which may again explain the
the evening we arrived, the Sealed Knot were starting to
arrive in numbers and I took my chance to have a chat with
a few of them and ask if they new why the castle was called
Greenhalgh. The simple answer was NO! In fact one said "Oh!
That's how you say it". I was told by 'Andy' that the
Sealed Knot could not find too much history about the castle
and that the event itself would be using a certain amount
of artistic licence for the battle itself, this was as he
reminded me a siege not a battle. Thanks Andy!
members of the Sealed Knot were to take the field, and this
was considered a low turn out! The armies taking the field
would Include all manor of troops, from the pike man to
the artillery, so before the actual battle a demonstration
was carried out to show the different type of troops on
the field, and what they did.
With the demonstration complete the Sealed Knot retired
to re-group in to the relevant parliamentarian and royalist
armies, and get ready for battle. Now! if you have never
seen one of these re-enactments then you really must! These
guys go for it I can tell you, you even get "Live Commentary
from the battle field" True Kate Addie stuff this I
mean you could have someone's eye out with a pike you know.
The Battle went on for ages and was quite a spectacle to
see. The sound of battle was as real as it gets, and if
there were any ghosts up there from that time they must
have wondered what the hell was going on.
to say we had a great day and we are looking forward to
a return visit. I did not find out anything new which was
disappointing, but I did get a feel for the place. The castles
view is a commanding one, and it is easy to see why a siege
ensued rather than a battle. I hope you enjoy the images,
many of which I am sure are unique.
would also like to mention the guesthouse we stayed in called
Middle Holly Cottage, which is a short drive from the castle.
We had a great stay, and will be back again. So if you are
thinking of going to the castle and you need a place to
stay please give them a try you wont regret it. http://www.a1tourism.com/uk/middle.html