Gallery: History enthusiasts battle in Heritage Cup at Ludlow Castle

Swords clashed at a county castle as history enthusiasts battled in full armour.

Gallery: History enthusiasts battle in Heritage Cup at Ludlow Castle

Bristol Boards and the Scottish Knights clashed in pursuit of the Heritage Cup at Ludlow Castle

Knights were yesterday competing for the Heritage Cup at Ludlow Castle as part of an annual event.

And while it might look similar to re-enactment fighting, the Battle Heritage teams fight for real and approach what they do as a full-contact sport in chainmail.

Last year, some competitors actually needed stitches following the event, but organisers said there were no broken bones. 

Nick Birkin, publicity officer for the event, said about 2,000 people attended.

He said: “It went absolutely brilliantly. This is the third national cup and it was certainly our best attended. It was awesome and the public were brilliant and very supportive.”

Battle Heritage championship battles take place throughout Europe, but the UK group has its headquarters in Tenbury Wells. 

This is the third year the event has been held in Ludlow and the event saw double the number of competitors from the last time it was held. 

Fighters travelled from all over the British Isles to take part while spectators watched on at the castle. 

There was also a number of medieval events for the family with treasure hunts, junior jousting on hobby horses, have-a-go-archery, archaeological tours and a hog roast. 

Children’s entertainment included merriment from James the Jester and historical demonstrations including the arming of the knights, live forge and weaponry talks.

There was also a living history village which showed how people would have lived during the period.

The Knights of Battle Heritage group performs across Europe, representing England in events in countries such as the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. 

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