York and Marston Moor

York, as the country's northern capital had an important part to play during the Civil War. The siege, Rupert's relief of the siege and the resulting battle of Marston Moor have a lot to offer the wargamer.

But what is there to visit and see in York that will interest the Civil War aficionado?

Unfortunately, very little is presented to the visitor. There is a walking trail of the city walls which were reinforced and damaged during the siege; Clifford's Tower was garrisoned; the Yorkshire Museum has a fine collection of siege coins from the period, not currently on display; the Castle Museum has a fine collection of arms and armour from the period too, but unfortunately very little of it is on display (only a  cuirass, a lobster helmet and a buff coat). Maybe there is just too much history and archaeology in the city!


A walk around the city walls gives good views of the city, the red tower (currently being renovated) area saw most of the ''interesting" action from the siege.

The definitive work on the siege is Wenham's "The Great and Close Siege of York 1644" whilst out of print can usually be found on online auction sites or through ABE Books.

Which leads us to the Marston Moor site.


Reasonably well preserved the site is about seven miles from the centre of York on the Tockwith to Long Marston road.

Considering that this is one of the biggest battles to have taken place on English soil there isn't much recognition of the site. There is a memorial obelisk with some faded interpretative panels. A number of rights of way cross the battlefield, and these provide the best way to see the battlefield - the Osprey Marston Moor volume has a good walking itinerary.

Marston Moor memorial YO26 7PJ

Cooke's "The Civil War in Yorkshire, Fairfax versus Newcastle" has summaries of both the siege, and Marston Moor. It also has walks around both the battlefield, and the City of York.

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