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Houses of Interest: South Yorkshire

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Due to the fact that the old County of Yorkshire is massive, and now exists as four administrative 'County Councils', coupled with the fact that the Yorkshire entry was becoming unwieldly, I have decided to split 'Houses of Interest: Yorkshire' into the four 'new' Counties. You can find  West Yorkshire here and North Yorkshire here East Riding coming soon. The former People's Republic of South Yorkshire saw a little less action than it's cousins West, North and East Yorkshire. The largest 'incident' being the Siege of Sheffield . The town fluctuated between Parliamentarian and Royalist control, leading to a 10-day siege of Sheffield Castle by Parliamentarian forces in August 1644. Eventually, the siege resulted in the Royalist surrender of the town and ultimate destruction of the Castle. The Sheffield Castle site has long disappeared underneath the modern city, it was located in the space boundaried by Castlegate, Waingate and Exchange Street.

Follow By Email

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  Google/Feedburner have announced  that they will be discontinuing the 'follow by email' gadget with Blogger in July 2021. Obviously this will only impact those of you who do follow by email: no idea how many of you there are, as Blogger doesn't easily let me know this. So you'll be pleased to hear that my nonsensical rubbish will no longer be cluttering up your inboxes on a Monday. Those of you who will be devastated to lose these quality missives, I usually schedule posts to be published at 6am (UK time) on Mondays. DELETE AS APPROPRIATE There is a way that I could make a mailing list, to which you could subscribe, but as this would then add onerous bureacracy, and cost (think GDPR), on to my already busy schedule I'm not going to. Sorry. Update: a little more delving on the FeedBurner service update page states that they are migrating to a more stable platform. Whether this means that 'follow by email' will return at some point I'm not sure. KeepYour

Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Foot

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This post is brought to you courtesy of a Twitter poll; struck down by indecision, the poll overwhelmingly voted for a Regiment of Foot rather than a Regiment of Horse to be next on the painting queue. Sir Arthur is best known for raising the London Lobsters , he also raised a Regiment of Foot, who served in Waller's Southern Association.  Originally planned to be Colonel Edwards Aldrich's RoF, I realised that I'd already represented them (but in their Lord Saye and Sele guise), so I needed another blue coated regiment. Hesilrigge's fitted the bill.  Raised in August 1643 they first saw action at the siege of Basing House. They would go on to the standoff at Farnham; they stormed Alton Church; the siege of Arundel; Cheriton; besieged at Lyme Regis; Cropredy Bridge; the relief of Taunton; they garrisoned Wareham; possibly took part in a skirmish at Dorchester; before being reduced into Sir Hardress Waller’s Regiment of Foot of the New Model Army in April 1645. Cooke’s Re

Gerrard Winstanley and the True Levellers

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In a break from things military, the ECW Travelogue adventures into the radical politics that fermented in the  'World Turned Upside Down' and visited the most famous sites associated with the True Levellers, known as The Diggers, and their leader Gerard Winstanley. Don't forget that there is a movie about  Winstanley   and The Diggers, particularly useful if you're suffering from insomnia. (Don't get me wrong, it's a great historical recreation, it's just rather slow.) Gerrard Winstanley was born in Wigan in 1609, a fact that is celebrated in the self proclaimed nation's pie capital with a memorial garden and an annual music festival - The Wigan Digger's Festival. Whilst on the subject of music: Winstanley and the Diggers were immortalised in a seventeenth century ballad, which was reprinted and tweaked in the 1800s. More recently Chumbawamba*, and Billy Bragg both recorded it (Bragg's version is called A World Turned Upside Down): both version

London, Part Eight: Pubs

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Just in time to wet your appetite for the pubs reopening... (and remember, please drink responsibly). Anyone would think that I'd carefully planned a pub guide to be published on the day that pubs partially reopen. Complete coincidence. Maybe... I just hope these pubs have been able to weather the financial storm of Covid. Once again the hedonistic ride that is the ECW Travelogue ventures south to that there London. This time in search of pubs. I must point out that we do have pubs near Chateau KeepYourPowderDry, I'm looking at London pubs with a link to the Civil Wars. I have also included those pubs with 'a legend has it..' link, and those pubs that existed during the time. To be honest you'd be hard pushed to link all ten pubs (or twelve if you include the two optional extras) together, they are probably best visited in three separate trips. Most of the pubs are close together, being in Transport for London's Zones 1 & 2, but there are also two separate o

Don't panic!

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As per the title of this post, please don't panic. However, I do have to inform my regular readers (hello both of you) that KeepYourPowderDry may go a little quiet for a wee while. It's not going away, you don't have to Wayback Machine everything, it's just I am rather busy*. A new job inevitably leads to being ridiculously busy for a period until systems are in place - which has had the consequence that I haven't picked up a paint brush in weeks. That pile of harquebusiers on my desk are still bare metal. A red herring attending a fancy dress party as an owl? Plus a very exciting offer has been accepted which will take my full attention away from KeepYourPowderDry for a period. I really really want to tell you, but I can't. So don't ask. Rubbish at keeping 'good' secrets. You'll find out eventually, and agree that it is 'moderately acceptable'. But rest assured that the usual poor quality blather and waffle will return soon.  There are a

Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Horse

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The Civil War version of the 95th Rifles/French Old Guard finally emerge from my painting pile; I'm not that tardy, they were 'lost' for a number of years, and I am slowly working my way through the figures that went astray. Every ECW wargamer worth their salt will have the London Lobsters in their collection. Sir Arthur raised a troop of horse in 1642 in Leicestershire, they were attached to Balfour's Regiment and fought at Edgehill. After Edgehill, Sir Arthur returned to London to raise the troop to full regiment strength. Their initial engagements saw the troop storm Malmesbury; fight at Highnam; and skirmish at Ripple Field, where they took heavy casualties covering the Parliamentarian retreat. The Regiment would fight as part of Waller's Southern Association. By now at full regiment strength they fought at Lansdown; Devizes; Roundway Down; Basing House; the Farnham standoff; Alton Church; the siege of Arundel; Cheriton; skirmished at Newbury; Cropredy Bridge; t

Even More Parliamentarian Commanders

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There were more Royalist commanders, so only a matter of time before there were more Parliamentarian command figures. First up Sir William Waller , an unadulterated figure, Sir William has a spare regiment of foot flag  on his base. Pure bunkum, as a found/captured ensign would be paraded rather than just left on the floor. Normally Maverick flags need sealing with a PVA/water mix but I didn't think I'd be able to get the close folds that I wanted. Trimmed very carefully with a new X-Acto blade I cut the flag so that I had the side I wanted and just enough to wrap around the flagstaff (a spare pike I had lying around), I superglued the flag in position, and once dry I washed the flag with a 75/25 mix of PVA and water, left it to dry for a few minutes then made the folds. Frequent adjustment was required whilst it dried, then any loose strands of fabric were trimmed once it was thoroughly dry. Waller's history is entwinned with that of his good friend, and opponent Sir Ralph

Sir Arthur Aston’s Regiment of Horse

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Regular readers (hello both of you) will be familiar with Sir Arthur  and know all about how he earned a spot in the Horrible Histories 'stupid deaths' hall of fame. His Regiment of Horse were raised in Oxfordshire and the North in 1642 after the Battle of Edgehill; they took part initially garrisoned Reading; they took part in a skirmish at Henley-on-Thames; the siege of Reading; a raid on West Wycombe; a skirmish at Padbury; they stormed Bristol; the siege of Gloucester; a skirmish at Aldbourne Chase; First Newbury; before they garrisoned Oxford. In September 1644 field command of the Regiment passed to Lieutenant Colonel George Boncle who led the men at the relief of Basing House; the storm of Leicester; and Naseby. George was captured at Naseby and his brother Sebastian Boncle took over command. The Regiment continued but their service is not clear; possibly remaining as part of the Oxford garrison. This is the last of my planned Royalist Regiments of Horse, giving a gran

Sir Nicholas Crispe’s Regiment of Horse

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 A regiment of horse from the King's Oxford Army, that took an absolute hammering at Cirencester in September 1643: Cirencester had been taken by Essex in 1642, before Rupert recaptured the town in February 1643. Essex would again retake the town for Parliament in September 1643. Crispe's Regiment lost a number of cornets with white fields and black and white fringes at Cirencester; they are recorded in a muster in April 1644 as being four Troops but only having one cornet (in theory colours could not be flown by a troop or company that had lost their colours until they had captured a colour from the enemy). I've represented them carrying the cornet of Sgt Major Christopher Wormsley's Troop. Crispe was the son of a London Alderman, and at the outbreak of war he was an important Royalist agent in London, before he fled the capital to Oxford when an intercepted letter revealed that £3700 was owed to him ‘for secrett service done for his Majestie'. Commissioned to rais