A street is flying heraldic banners from the middle ages to promote the 547 anniversary of the Battle of Barnet.

High Street in Barnet this will be the town’s first-ever medieval festival, which is being held this weekend on (June 9 and 10).

Mike Noronha, Barnet Museum trustee, says the Barnet Medieval Festival is Barnet’s opportunity to promote its historic role in the Wars of the Roses.

Tewkesbury, as well as other battle sites such as Bosworth and Leicester have successfully exploited their heritage.

He said: “Edward IV, Henry VI and Richard III were at the Battle of Barnet, so was the powerful Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker.

“Barnet is the site of the Battle of Three Kings and the Kingmaker.

“Barnet played a part in England’s history.

“Let us be aware of it; let us be proud of it, so come along and see the re-enactments.”

Barnet is the only registered battlefield within Greater London and the festival – featuring medieval displays and live re-enactments – follows an archaeological dig to find out more about the site of one of the grisliest encounters between the Lancastrians and Yorkists.

Dr Glenn Foard of the University of Huddersfield believes the site of the battle was in the fields off of Kitts End Lane.

Dr Foard, who located the site of the Battle of Bosworth where Richard III was killed, is exploring options for more archaeological investigations this year.

Including further examination of the site of a chapel in Wrotham Park which is thought to have commemorated those killed in the battle.

Up to 150 re-enactors, in full armour, livery and costume, will be taking part in the festival.

Each day there will be re-enactments of both the Battle of St Albans in 1461 and the Battle of Barnet in 1471.

The re-enactors will fight mock battle scenes featuring the blank firing of canon and handguns.

Volunteers at Barnet Museum have hand painted over 30 heraldic banners, of which 13 from the Lancastrians have been hung from lamp standards on the west side of the High Street, and 13 from the Yorkists on the east side.

The festival, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is being held at the Byng Road playing fields from 10am to 4.30pm each day. Admission is free.