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Earl of Essex’s Regiment of Horse, Major Gunter’s troop

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Major Gunter's troop of the Earl of Essex's regiment of horse was the senior fighting troop of the regiment. The most senior troop was the Earl's Lifeguard and were originally equipped as cuirassiers; they are often referred to as Sir Phillip Stapleton's troop, as he was the commander in the field.


Major Gunter served in the regiment until he fell at Chalgrove Field in June 1643.

Essex's regiment as a whole, took part at Edgehill, Turnham Green, Chalgrove Field, Aldbourne Chase, First Newbury, Aldermaston, Padworth, Lostwithiel, Second Newbury, Donnington and Kidlington. In 1645 they joined the New Model Army as Colonel Richard Grave's Regiment.

Holly Holy Day 2020, Battle of Nantwich

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A photo gallery (painting inspiration) from the Holly Holy Day Celebrations at Nantwich, 25th January 2020. Which coincidental, fell on the 376th anniversary of the battle.

The march down Welsh Row to the war memorial.





Having laid a commemorative wreath, the armies march onto Mill Island for the re-enactment



Let battle commence.









Daventry - Naseby 375

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As 2020 is the year in which the 375th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby is celebrated, it is fair to assume that there might be a few Naseby 375 ECW Travelogue entries... the first visits Daventry, an unassuming market town in Northamptonshire. Keep an eye on the Sealed Knot's event list as I have an inkling they might be organising something special.


Can't say I have ever been to Daventry before...

There are a number of buildings on the High Street and Market Square that were here when the King's Army was billeted here The Old Grammar School, with a 1600 date stone, located next to Daventry Museum Daventry Museum is currently hosting a temporary exhibition "Commemorating the Battle of Naseby: 375 years. Daventry’s place in the Conflict", which is on until the 24th April. be warned, the museum has slightly esoteric opening hours (Tuesday - Friday mornings, first Saturday in the month).

In pride of place as you enter the exhibition room you'll see the ECW Batt…

Photography Part Two: Museums

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Regular readers of the ECW Travelogue will know that I often have to apologise for poor quality photographs taken in museums. Normally this would be down to operator error (i.e. my incompetence) but on these occasions it isn't: it is down to museums becoming light airy public spaces. Great for the building ambience and visitor experience, awful for taking pictures.

But I may have found a solution. Just as my original photography post showcased a cheap, simple solution for taking photographs of miniatures; so this post will showcase a cheap, simple solution for eliminating light reflection in museums.


In use at home on a glass cabinet door - even I draw the line at taking a picture of myself using this in public.
It is called an Ultimate Lens Hood or ULH for short. They come in three sizes, and a special version for mobile phones; I've got the 'Go' model, or medium sized one (£20) which fits all of my DSLR lenses.

Strange items I own #63

ULH Go fitted to my DSLR (fits eas…