Roundhead and Cavaliers Muster on the Queen’s Sconce in Newark on Trent

Here are some pics from an event that is, in normal times, held on the site of an English Civil War fortification, a short walk from my home. This weekend, was it not for the coronavirus, people in 17th century costume would be invading the streets and public houses of Newark

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 in remembrance of the sieges of Newark that took place during the English Civil War.

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 a number of defensive earthworks that were constructed outside the walls of the town. It is said that during the final siege 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 later 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