AN EVENT offered a glimpse back in time at life during war and peacetime in centuries past.

The House of the Black Star hosted its ninth medieval day at Whittington Castle.

The group is a historical society that covers the period of 1240 to 1350, and its primary goal is to provide accurate combat displays as well as a glimpse into the life of a medieval household.

Visitors to the event had the chance to learn about archery, sword fighting and crafts.

They could also listen to talks on medieval life as well as crime and punishment.

Children got involved by learning how to do a pike drill.

Group member Tina Kayll Martin – who organises the archery, sword fighting and crime and punishment activities – said that there was a good turn out for the day.

The House of the Black Star - which is based at Whittington Castle - has held numerous events at castles and fairs across Shropshire and north Wales in the past five years.

For more information on the society and its activities, visit the House of the Black Star Facebook page.

To learn more about the castle, visit