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Talk, Mon 28 May 2018, free entry




Wakefield Museums and Castles

01924 302700


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

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Hans Talhoffer was a fencing master active in the Holy Roman Empire during the mid-fifteenth century. Across the course of his career he produced a series of Fechtbücher, or fight books, which depict the art of single combat. A specific fight book, produced in 1459, is particularly interesting, as it includes not only material on fighting, but also a wide variety of suggestions of how to besiege a castle, ranging from giant trebuchets to impressive tanks and bizarre diving suits.

Jacob Henry Deacon is a PhD student at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, working on how individuals prepared for combat in England during the Middle Ages, and how society viewed both the training and the teachers.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

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Dates Times
Mon 28 May 2018 15:00 to 16:00


Free entry


Plan route to Pontefract Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Disabled accessDisabled access