Hertford Castle Heritage Day
If you know Hertford, you’re no doubt familiar with the ancient castle and its impressive grounds at the western end of the town. Hertford Castle has a long and illustrious history. Starting out as fortifications against the Danes in the 10th century, the present castle was substantially built during the 12th century, though restored and extended in the 17th and 18th.
For much of this time, it was a royal residence, often granted to the king’s consort, although Edward III, Henry VI and Elizabeth I all spent substantial time there. It was also used to imprison six Knights Templar in 1309, as commemorated in the name of the neighbouring pub, and a parliament was held in the castle in the reign of Elizabeth ― hence the name Parliament Square.
On Sunday (15th September) you’ll have the chance to explore the castle’s rich history on Hertford Castle Heritage Day. There’ll be two historical re-enactment encampments (one Viking, the other 15th century) with demonstrations and battles ― even a fun Viking battle for the kids ― as well as falconry, storytelling, fire breathing, archery and face painting.
There’ll also be stalls, including a presence by HALS, where we’ll be sharing the wealth of information we have about Hertford Castle, both in the archives and on Herts Memories. So why not come along to enjoy the heritage day, and pop by our stall to say hello?