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Chippenham, 23rd & 24th July

The English Civil War returns to Chippenham as the Town plays host to the English Civil War Society and the town is returned to the dramatic Summer of 1643 when the Civil War raged across Wiltshire and the West Country.

There will be a large and thriving encampment and tented village on The Island where 17th Century trades and crafts will be demonstrated by the townsfolk and including a working Printing Press giving out the latest news-sheets with tidings of the War and other news. Here the re-enactors will be happy to meet visitors, explain their work and to share stories about Chippenham’s role in the English Civil War.

As in 1643, Chippenham Village will also be occupied by Royalist soldiers from Sir Ralph Hopton’s army marching from the hard-fought battle at Lansdown Hill near Bath. Soldiers and Officers will be working at their Military Encampment while expecting a visit from their General Sir Ralph. A Regiment of Foote, Cavalry on Horseback, and Cannon will be taking part in further displays through the day for Visitors to see on Monkton Park. Look out for the full timetable giving details of all the Displays through each day. 

Each afternoon there will be intense conflict as the Royalist and Roundhead Armies clash in Battle on Monkton Park with over 400 Pikemen, Musketeers, Gunners, and Cavalry all taking part. This event, inspired by a dramatic moment in Chippenham’s history will prove to be a massive weekend of Entertainment, Excitement and Education by the English Civil War Society and follows the huge success of the 2011 and 2013 ‘Battles for Chippenham’. Look forward to July 23rd and 24th when you will be able to see The King’s Army and the Roundhead Association together in a fight to decide whether the town will be Royalist or throw in its lot with Parliament.

This is a Free Event staged by the English Civil War Society in partnership with Chippenham Town Council.

Chippenham Town Council website