The English Civil War will be reenacted in Wiltshire next month

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The English Civil War will arrive in Chippenham on August 7-8, as Chippenham City Council welcomes Sir Marmaduke Rawdon’s Foote regiment as they establish a soldier camp and living history village in Monkton Park.

As a member of the English Civil War Society, the group will represent Chippenham in July 1643 at a time when civil war was raging in Wiltshire and the West Country.

Councilor James Bradbury, Chairman of Chippenham City Council’s Facilities, Culture and Recreation Committee, said: “I am delighted to welcome the English Civil War Society back to Chippenham for this wonderful and popular event with a brilliant mix of educational and fun activities for the whole family. participate in.”

As in 1643, the camp will also be occupied by Royalist soldiers from Sir Ralph Hopton’s army emerging from the bitter battle of Lansdown Hill near Bath. Pikemen, musketeers and a cannon will take part in exhibits throughout the day for visitors to see. Younger visitors will have the opportunity to be trained as young pikemen, as well as to attempt to answer an exciting quiz.

The times for each day are as follows:

11am

The cannon opens fire on the first shot of the day, ready to bombard any enemy planning to attack the city.

11:15 a.m.

Musketeers practice firing their muskets, reloading as fast as they can before opening fire again.

11:45 a.m.

A demonstration of combat skills by the pikemen; soldiers armed with 16-inch flight-tipped spears.

12:15

The colonel needs more young soldiers for his regiment and wants to train young people to become brave pikemen.

12:45 p.m.

Officers and soldiers eat a hasty meal before resuming their duties.

1:30 p.m.

The cannon opens fire again as the gunners demonstrate how to load and fire as quickly as possible in battlefield conditions

1:45 p.m.

Voyage of the soldier between 1600-1702. A visual demonstration revealing how the English soldier has changed and adapted over 100 years.

2:30 p.m.

Musketeers practice firing their muskets, reloading as fast as they can before opening fire again.

15:00

A demonstration of combat skills by the pikemen; soldiers armed with 16-inch flight-tipped spears.

3:30 p.m.

The colonel needs more young soldiers for his regiment and wants to train young people to become brave pikemen.

4:15 p.m.

The draw: the winner of the shooter raffle shoots the cannon to signal the end of the day.

17th century trades and crafts will be demonstrated by the townspeople who will include a working printing press giving the latest news sheets with war news and other news. Here re-enactors will be happy to meet visitors, explain their work, and share stories about Chippenham’s role in the English Civil War.

Expect 2022 when you can see the King’s Army and the Roundhead Association battle it out over whether the city will be Royalist or join Parliament!

This is a free event hosted by The Rawdon Regiment in partnership with Chippenham City Council and will ensure all Covid guidelines are strictly followed.


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