Gallery: Moated manor house stages full-blooded battle in Suffolk countryside

It was all action at Crow's Hall as the two sides battled it out for glory Picture: DAVID KINDRED

It was all action at Crow's Hall as the two sides battled it out for glory Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred

The clatter of pikes on armour and shouts of battle echoed around the grounds of a 16th century manor house during a full-blooded living history event back in 1972.

Do you remember the siege in 1972 at Crow's Hall in Debenham? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Do you remember the siege in 1972 at Crow's Hall in Debenham? Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred

Crow's Hall at Debenham was the setting for the event as dozens of re-enactors converged on the village for the spectacle.

Women and children joined the camp while the men prepared for battle in a day also featuring men on horses and cannon firing.

It appeared to have been a civil war reconstruction between Roundheads - the Parliamentarians - and the Royalist Cavaliers, and the big battle scene of the day was quite a sight with some vigorous and enthusiastic fighting. It is not unknown for re-enactors to get injured in these events.

Today Crow's Hall, a grade-II listed moated hall, has been renovated and is used as a wedding venue.

Women and their children took part in the re-enactment, dressed in traditional clothing Picture: D

Women and their children took part in the re-enactment, dressed in traditional clothing Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred


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Do you remember the event in 1972? To share your memories, email imagecurators@archant.co.uk

A group of gallant noblemen ride on horseback in 1972 at the Crow's Hall Siege in Debenham Picture:

A group of gallant noblemen ride on horseback in 1972 at the Crow's Hall Siege in Debenham Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred

One re-enactor appeared to be having a great time at the re-enactment Picture: DAVID KINDRED

One re-enactor appeared to be having a great time at the re-enactment Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred

Armour was worn by the men during a battle scene Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Armour was worn by the men during a battle scene Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred

A small canon was used at the siege, smoke pours out as it was fired Picture: DAVID KINDRED

A small canon was used at the siege, smoke pours out as it was fired Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: David Kindred

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