Thanks to National Lottery players, River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership has had the pleasure in supporting the construction of a scale model of the Great Civil War Battle of Piercebridge. The model has been designed and built by Mark Hornsby, a resident of the village of Piercebridge. He said “”As a new resident of Piercebridge I feel deeply proud to have made this model and hope it brings enjoyment to all who view it”. The model is an accurate depiction of the deployment of the forces and of the geography of the village and its surroundings as it was in December 1st 1642, the day of the battle.

The model will be unveiled by The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Veronica Copeland. A number of special guests will be in attendance who have ensured that the production of the model has been a success. Other guests include the Lord Barnard.

The afternoon will also include an illustrated talk by local historian and Battlefields Trust member, Phil Philo. The talk will encapsulate the events of the Battle of Piercebridge.

The model will then go on display in the museum for 2 weeks, before moving to Piercebridge church. It will then be used at the Battlefield Trust’s conference, before becoming available for education visits for schools and other groups.

River Tees Rediscovered is also holding a Great Civil War history day at St Mary’s Church, Piercebridge on Saturday 9th June, 11:00-16:00. The day will include guided tours of the battlefield, a chance to see the model, handle replica armour and weapons, and a potter and a leathercraft worker, both of which the public can try!

Commenting on the model and talk, Lucy Chapman, Groundwork NE & Cumbria said: “It is fantastic to see local residents taking a proactive role in promoting and celebrating the heritage of the River Tees. The model offers a unique insight in to one of the many varied aspects of our heritage of the river and the significant role Piercebridge played in the Civil War. The model will also become a wonderful, accessible learning tool for schools and education visits. ”