Showing posts from September, 2019

Baggage, Cannon and Limbers

In yet another case of déjà vu I sit thinking how to write a blog entry about baggage and artillery. "But you said..." I hear both my readers cry; and yes, I did say no more baggage. But, well...I had a good rummage around in the spares box, and well, a surfeit of dragoon horseholders were crying out to be used. So here they are , two more carts for the Parliament's baggage train. And two more for the King's. As well as two carts Parliament has gained a demi-culverin (heavy gun) and a saker (medium gun), both with limbers and casualty markers. As has the King. As always, the men and cannon are from my usual manufacturer; wagons and limbers from Museum Miniatures; custom casualty markers from Warbases. If you enjoyed reading this, or any of the other posts, please consider  supporting  the blog.  Thanks .

Houses of Interest: Cheshire

The County of my birth, and just a few miles away from Château KeepYourPowderDry, so why has it taken so long to get around to writing an entry? Sir Philip Mainwairing's cuirassier armour, St Lawrence's Church, Peover Lyme Hall has already been briefly mentioned in the first part of  Rupert's March North . A National Trust property (so expect lots of Colin Firth memorabilia, travel blankets and expensive boiled sweets for sale in the shop). Let's get Colin Firth out of the way first: yes, Lyme was the location for that lake scene in the BBC Pride and Prejudice. Surprised there isn't a statue of Colin emerging from the lake... The Legh's were staunch Royalists, although didn't really have much to do with the soldiering due to a series of unfortunate events. Peter Legh XI inherited the property from his father just before the outbreak of war. He was elected MP for Newton in 1640, but died from his injuries sustained in a duel in 1642. His son, Frances inher

London, Part Five: Memorials (and Churches)

Now with added map with locations and travel directions! The ECW Travelogue returns to the capital for a story of war, politics, births, deaths, marriages, illicit liaisons (possible) and execution. This time an Oyster card fuelled trip around the blue plaques, cemeteries and churches of that there London (with a pub thrown in for good measure). The easiest way to complete this tour is using public transport (with some walking) and I have given directions using TfL Underground/Overground/Docklands Light Railway and the bus network. If you are unfamiliar with town and the transport system, the easiest (and cheapest) way to pay is using a contactless card, Oyster Card or app - just remember to tap in and tap out at each station. You will need a tube map (free from stations or better still download an app, most of which allow you to plan journeys) and a map app such as Google Maps on your phone. First stop is Bunhill Burial Ground , City Road EC3 -  Exit 3 Old Street tube station .  

The National Civil War Centre, Newark - re-visited

I'm a bit of a fan of the National Civil War Centre and Newark in general; the centre and Newark having graced the pages of this blog a number of times. Well the Centre has had a revamp. So much of a revamp that rather than trying to re-write the previous entry it made more sense to write a fresh entry. On entering the museum the ground floor has stayed pretty much the same - a history of Newark gallery, and then the main gallery. The main gallery boasts an impressive display of arms and armour (mostly on loan from the Royal Armouries), interactive displays, Civil War era 'civilian' artefacts (including Newark siege tokens, and a deserters' hand branding iron). The multimedia theatre presents three short films, three in the morning and a different three in the afternoon. Not forgetting the dressing up for small and no-so-small people. The World Turned Upside Down is the new exhibition which replaces the excellent arms and armour display, and the medical exhibi