Battle of Neville’s Cross brought back to life in city centre
Durham Market Square is set to play host to the Time Bandits this Bank Holiday Monday, as the city stages a dramatic re-enactment of the Battle of Neville’s Cross.
The entertainment, organised by Durham Markets, will take place from 11am to 3pm in the Market Place, and will include interactive medieval story-telling by Adam the Storyteller and a series of re-enactments by the Time Bandits.
The highlight of the day will be at 1:35pm, when local historian David Butler will introduce the battle, which the Time Bandits will then endeavour to bring to life, dressed in authentic medieval armour.
The battle occurred in 1346 between the Scots and the English, during the time of the Hundred Years’ War with France. It originally took place on the outskirts of Durham, with the English emerging from the battle victorious.
The Time Bandits are a team who specialise in bringing history to life, from first person recounting to skirmishes and battle re-enactments.
Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets Company, the organisers of the event, said: “Although many people have heard of the great Battle of Neville’s Cross, not many know much about it, so it will be fascinating to gain an insight into what it might have been like, and see the soldiers decked out in their full medieval apparel. It is not often that we see medieval re-enactments being performed in Durham city centre – this will be an eye-catching spectacle for us all”.