Saturday 10th August, 10.30 – 5.00
Sunday 11th August, 10.30 – 4.30
The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the English Civil War Society will re-enact the two-day Royalist occupation of the manor house in 1644 – 375 years ago. The Regiment and accompanying civilians will march in at the start of each day and guards will be posted to keep watch. The soldiers will drill and fire muskets and cannon during the day.
In tents in the garden civilians will show and tell you how people lived in the seventeenth century (Living History).
A clerk will be in the Great Hall to replicate the writing of the accounts of September 1644. The Chaplain, musicians and officers will recreate activities in the parish church and around the manor. In the afternoon a Parliamentarian patrol will be driven off in a sharp skirmish. Any prisoners taken will be tried and then marched off under escort.
“It’s actually bringing history to life; you can really smell gun powder, hear the noise, and for children it gives them a sense of actually being there and makes history more interesting” (visitor comment 2017)
This event is being presented in association with the Friends of Great Chalfield is a local Association supporting development of the gardens at Great Chalfield
Admission charges for adults including National Trust members at this event contribute to maintenance and development of the Arts & Crafts gardens at Great Chalfield.
There will be a service of Holy Communion in All Saints Parish Church, next to the Manor, at 10.00 am on the Sunday