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Re: Leeds Castle

Posted: Mon 19 Dec, 2016 12:03 pm
by mark1978
That's great!

Re: Leeds Castle

Posted: Thu 07 Sep, 2017 1:53 pm
by jihfadiuh
I am currently reading the Full text of "the story of old Halifax" which reads following:

January 23rd, 1643, he marched "against Leeds, and
after a desperate fight, re-captured the town. The
war-cry of Fairfax's army was "Emmanuel."

Major Forbes was the first man to enter, by climbing
over the wall, by standing on the shoulders of Lieutenant
Horsfall of Halifax. When they had entered the town,
Mr. Jonathan Scholefield, minister of Cross-Stone Chapel,
(near Todmorden) started the singing of a psalm: —

" Let God arise, and scattered
Let all His enemies be ;
And let all those that do Him hate,
Before His presence flee,"

According to the account of the fight, several Halifax
men had marvellous escapes. Fairfax praised his soldiers.
He called them unexperienced fresh- water men, yet
although they had only received a week's training, they
attacked most resolutely and valiantly. The Earl of
Newcastle retreated to York, but before long he was
vigorously pressing the Fairfaxes with a larger army.

So looks like Leeds did have a surrounding wall, at first I thought would have probably been defensive ditches thrown up by the soldiers occupying the town but saying that he entered by standing on the shoulders of another man they must've been quite substantial, the walls at York in some parts could've been climbed by standing on the shoulders of someone else the walls down marygate for example are not that high really.

Re: Leeds Castle

Posted: Thu 07 Sep, 2017 1:55 pm
by jihfadiuh