CANNON fire thundered over a green field, musket shot cracked in the air and wooden pike staffs crashed against each other as The Sealed Knot performed its re-enactment of The Battle of Edgehill last weekend.
Visitors reckoned it was one of the highest turnouts by Sealed Knot members at this popular event with over 300 taking to the playing field at Kineton Sports and Social Club which hosted the colourful costume drama featuring Royalist and Parliamentarian soldiers.
The combatants on Saturday took aim and fired at each other just as they did on Sunday, 23rd October, 1642 during the first battle of the English Civil War.
Foot soldiers on both sides menacingly lowered their 15-foot long pikes and advanced with deadly determination on each other’s battle positions accompanied by the constant thud, thud, thud of a beating drum.
Local members of The Sealed Knot were joined by compatriots from Yorkshire, Surrey and even Wales emphasising the appeal of this annual historical get together; once they’d pitched their tents and changed into cavalier and roundhead costumes they then pitched into battle against each other.
Unlike the original scrap on Edgehill 371 years ago, which ended in deadlock with no clear victor, last weekend was a big win for all concerned. Not only was the battle recreation enjoyed by enthusiatsic crowds there was also a pig roast and real ale to celebrate the spoils of war afterwards.
Upton House and Gardens plays host to Fairfax Battalia and their authentic English Civil War camp on the weekend of the 26th and 27th October. The use of muskets with live fire and pikemen doing battle help recreate the history of nearby Edgehill which was the start of a four-year civil war the outcome of which helped shape democracy today.
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