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Basing House, 17-18th September

Loyalty House, the grandest private house in England, home of John Paulet, 5th Marquess of Winchester. He was fiercely loyal to his Roman Catholic faith and to his King, Charles I. He held Basing House, in Hampshire, for the King from the start of the Civil War until October 1645, when the House was finally stormed by troops led by Oliver Cromwell. As Basing guarded the main road from London to the Royalist West Country it was an obvious target for Parliament, who besieged it on three separate occasions. 

All that remains of the house, once compared to Hampton Court Palace, is ruins and earthworks. Come and join the modern group of re-enactors, the Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment, who will bring, in a small way, the House back to life. There will be displays of the weaponry and drill used during the Civil War and a group of civilians showing aspects of ordinary life in the seventeenth century. 

Basing House, Barton’s Lane, Basingstoke RG24 8AE