Showing posts from April, 2021

Follow By Email

  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

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

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/Gerard Winstanley (it looks like he may have spelled his name Jerrard) 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

London, Part Eight: Pubs

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!

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

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