Cannon fire, smoke and acrid-smelling cordite held a crowd spellbound as Sealed Knot Parliamentarians and Royalists clashed at Banbury’s Spiceball Park at the weekend, it was reported in the Banbury Guardian on August 9, 1984.
History was re-lived as brother fought brother, father fought son, in a pageant of the 1644 battle, when the area was torn by Civil War.
The original battle took place when the town was besieged by Parliamentarian troops for 14 weeks.
Needless to say, the re-enactment was a scaled-down version of the historical battle.
On the one side of Spiceball Park, the Royalists, the Earl of Northampton’s regiment, bravely holding Banbury Castle. On the other , the Roundheads under Lord Saye and Sele, a fine and strong body of men preparing to do battle.