Pikes and Plunder

On the 5th of May 1646 King Charles I surrendered himself to the Covenanters besieging Newark.

May Bank Holiday weekend (falling on the 5th and 6th of May) National Civil War Centre and the English Civil War Society put on their annual Pikes and Plunder weekend.



Living history camps at the Sconce and Newark Castle, re-enactors drilling in the market place, the National Civil War Centre open for business, the town's Civil War Trail, and all topped off with a skirmish and battle at the Queen's Sconce. What's not to like for the ECW anorak?


Living history at the castle


Authentic C17th Health and Safety signage
  
The rest is a shameless photo gallery...






 
This year there was something quite special to see - the ECWS's artillery train firing from atop the Sconce.





Arty effects time...




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