25th – 26th May, Bruton, Somerset
Secure your doors and windows! The Batcombites are planning to raid Bruton again – as they did on 24 February 1641!
The English Civil War Society will re-enact this event on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019 on Abbey Field as part of the Bruton 400 celebrations. A ‘Living History’ village will be on display from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm in the field next to Budgens at the West End of Bruton – representing the townspeople of Bruton in the 1640s. The soldiers of Bruton’s militia will be trying to master their drill there – or probably sliding off to the pubs! From 3.15 pm on Saturday expect to see a mob of Batcombites coming through Plox towards Abbey Field where the Bruton militia will be assembling to defend your town. This will be repeated on Sunday 26 May, following the Parade through the town organised by the Bruton Community Partnership.
Have a look at the seventeenth century activities in the Living History.
The Militia will be led by the redoubtable Sir Charles Berkeley, an active Royalist, who lived in the Abbey House at the time. The Bruton Register records:
“All praise and thanks to God still give
For our deliverance Mathias Eve
By his great power we put to flight
Our raging foes the Batcombites
Who came to harry, burn and slay
And quite destroy our town this day.”
Come and cheer on your Militia and drive the Batcombites back to their own homes.