Culford pupils re-enact Battle of Hastings

Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130908001

Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130908001

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Students at Culford school staged a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the conflict.

Culford’s history department marked the battle’s anniversary on Friday (October 14) by organising a large scale re-enactment of it within the school’s grounds, with 100 pupils from Years 9 and 10 taking part.

Ciaran Rees as King Harrold defeated at the Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130920001

Ciaran Rees as King Harrold defeated at the Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130920001

Pupils were briefed on the battle – one of the most significant events in English history – beforehand and a few were given armour and helmets to represent the leaders of each side.

They all then took to the school park ready to walk through the key events of that momentous day when William, Duke of Normandy, defeated the Anglo-Saxon army of King Harold, thereby changing the political, social and economic fabric of England beyond all recognition.

Some students formed an Anglo-Saxon shield wall on top of the hill while others charged up on their (imaginary) horses desperate to break through. Ultimately, King Harold succumbed to defeat.

Marcus Rackowe, the school’s head of history, said: “The re-enactment of the battle was designed to aid the history learning for our GCSE pupils and has been staged appropriately on our celebration of European Languages day. The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the battle through experiencing this historic event.”

Marcus Rackowe, Culford School's head of history, at the Battle of Hastings re-enactment on Friday to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the conflict ANL-161018-130846001

Marcus Rackowe, Culford School's head of history, at the Battle of Hastings re-enactment on Friday to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the conflict ANL-161018-130846001

The Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130932001

The Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130932001

Charlie Wakefield as Duke William in the Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130858001

Charlie Wakefield as Duke William in the Battle of Hastings re-enactment at Culford School ANL-161018-130858001