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Alton – 1st & 2nd May 2022

The year is 1643, mid December and Lord Ralph Hopton has garrisoned his troops in multiple Hampshire towns including Alton.

Image Copyright Alton Digital Image

Join the ECWS as we take a step back in time to the battle of Alton where a staunch royalist garrison, outnumbered, defended the quaint market town against the army of parliament led by Sir William Waller.

The fight will be desperate and you will see the crack of musket volleys, the clash of pikes and the blast of cannon as the royalist army under the command of Colonel Richardus Bolles gallantly defend the church of St Lawrence on their last stand.

There will also be a living history encampment which will encompass trades and skills of the 17th century. You can expect to see things from a printing press with all its technological advances to the humble herbalist and wise woman.

The event starts at 10.00am when the living history opens and closes at 5.00pm. Battles will be taking place on Flood Meadows at 2.00pm and 4.00pm around the Church Yard itself for the climax and discover the fate of the garrison.

Image Copyright Alton Digital Image

For a taster of what to expect, please visit Alton Digital Image at www.altondigitalimage.com/battle-of-alton-2015-ecws.php

The event is free to all who wish to visit thanks to Alton Town Council www.alton.gov.uk.

The hosting regiment is Lord Hoptons regiment of Foote www.lordhoptonsregiment.co.uk.

Muster organiser can be contacted by emailing philliproberts1987@googlemail.com

Update for participants

The living history area is now full. Anyone else who wants to join in, please contact the LH co-ordinator who will add you to the waiting list.

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