Newark

Newark played an important role in the Civil War and has a number of places of interest for the Civil War enthusiast.

First off is the National Civil War Centre, housed in the old Newark museum the buildings have been tastefully renovated. The main gallery is devoted to the Civil Wars, mostly interpretative panels and interactive stuff (and dressing up) for the kids. They have recently acquired 25 pieces of armour which they hope to display in the coming years. This should pad out the collection nicely.




The museum has a new exhibition called 'Cutting Edge' - which has a number of Sir Thomas Fairfax's military items (complimenting his wheelchair which takes pride of place in the medical gallery). There are also a number of other military items on display. This new exhibition now makes the museum somewhere to go out of your way to visit, rather than visiting if you happen to be in the area.



If you get the chance, and have a willing assistant, might I suggest that you try the grey waistcoat on (in the corner of the new exhibition). 3lb bags of sand are added to the pockets placed all over the waistcoat. Ten bags equals a buff coat, back and breastplate, and helmet. Twenty three a full cuirassier suit. You'll very quickly realise why the cuirassier was doomed to extinction on the battlefield.

The Centre has developed an app guide to the Newark Civil War trail. Download before you go as mobile data coverage was pretty non-existent when I visited. The trail is short enough for small people not to get too bored, plus you can play spot the cannonball hole in the church spire.

The Queen's Sconce is pretty well preserved and gives a good idea of defensive earthworks. The park it is located in often plays host to the Sealed Knot. If you are travelling any distance I'd recommend timing your visit with one of these events. Or of course one of the Partizan shows.


Postcodes for SatNavs
Sconce (Devon Park) NG24 4AU
National Civil War Centre NG24 1JY (parking for the centre is a few hundred metres further down the one way road on the left hand side)

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