The English Civil War Society returns to Gloucester over the August bank holiday weekend.
Following our successful event last September, the English Civil War Society will once again be filling the streets of Gloucester with the sights and sounds of the seventeenth century. On Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August there will be displays of military drill in King’s Square at 11.00 each morning, followed by a battle re-enactment at 2.30 each afternoon in Gloucester Park. If you fancy something a little quieter there will be a living history display running from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm on both days in Brunswick Square.
In 1643, Gloucester was the setting for a major confrontation between the forces of the King and of Parliament. As the only Parliamentarian stronghold between Bristol and Lancaster it was able to block Royalist lines of communication. As the lowest crossing point on the River Severn, it made bringing supplies and troops out of Wales more difficult for the King.
King Charles, along with his nephew, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, besieged the city, formally calling on it to surrender on August 10th. However, by the end of August, the Earl of Essex was on his way from London to raise the siege. Rather than risk being trapped between Essex’s force and the remaining troops inside the city, Charles retreated. The city still bears the scars of this encounter, including the decided lean of St Nicholas’s church.