I loaned my car to resident son for the past week as his is in dry dock, and therefore I have been quite restricted in terms of adventuring. Luckily, Sconce and Devon Park is only a short distance from here, so I was able to amble around there on Sunday. Here's what was happening -
|The Royalist Standard|
|Not merely a museum piece - the Sealed Knot members live in the tents during the musters|
|Troops marched many miles to the beat of the drums|
|A Camp Follower, selling medicinal herbs and blankets made from strips of hand-woven sheeps wool.|
|Musketeers - off for a coffee break!|
Bemused? Regiments of Cavaliers and Roundheads, members of the Sealed Knot Society , mustered over the weekend to re-enact the sieges of Newark.
The walled medieval town was loyal to the King during the English Civil War (1642-1651) and was besieged three times. The Sconce was one of two defensive earthworks that were constructed outside the walls of the town. It is said that during the seiges the starving townspeople were reduced to eating rats. King Charles eventually surrendered close by, having hidden for a while in an oak tree at the outlying village of Kelham. The castle was then partially demolished, on the orders of Oliver Cromwell, to ensure that it could never again be used for defensive purposes. Newark-on-Trent is home to the National Civil War Centre.
I'm celebrating the fact that my ancestors survived the Civil War, enabling me to tell the tale!
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