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Colonel Robert Thorpe’s Regiment of Horse

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A Regiment of Horse that had many different names and fought with many different Parliamentarian armies.

Originally raised in London by Colonel Richard Turner in 1643 they occupied Newport Pagnell (obviously attracted by the strategic motorway services), fought a skirmish at Alderton, the battle of Olney and stormed Grafton House. They were part of Skippon's army.


In 1644 command passed to Colonel George Thompson, and they transferred to Waller's Southern Association. Thompson led four troops of the regiment at Cheriton where he lost a leg. Command then passed to Thorpe after Cheriton, and they fought at Cropredy Bridge, Second Newbury and Trowbridge.


In 1645 they transferred to the Western Association and command passed to Colonel Edward Popham (brother of Alexander Popham of Littlecote House, home of the famous Littlecote armoury now held by the Royal Armouries in Leeds), before quickly passing on to Colonel George Starr. The regiment was disbanded in 1646.



Colonel James Holborne’s Regiment of Foot

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In a change from our regular Monday Regiment of Horse viewing here's a Regiment of Foot.
Holborne's (sometimes Holbourn) were raised near London in 1643; they fought as part of Essex's army in the First Civil War. Present at the Turnham Green standoff, Reading, Gloucester, First Newbury, Lostwithiel and Second Newbury.

In 1645 they were 'reduced' into the New Model Army.

Holborne later took over command of Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s Regiment of Foot, and command of Holborne's passed to Colonel William Davies sometime around May 1644; Holborne left Hesilrigge's  Regiment in 1645 to become a Major General in Sir William Waller's army.

A smattering of headswaps in this regiment, and Piggie aficionados might be wondering about the officer with pistol - he's  from the Mill02 Gamette pack (he does look quite similar to the dragoon officer from 'dragoon command on foot' pack 72 too).

They were issued coats when they were raised in 1642, but the colo…

Col. Nathaniel Fienne's Regiment of Horse

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Nathaniel Fienne (or Fine) was the second son of Lord Saye and Sele. He had been a captain in Sir William Balfour's Regiment of Horse fighting at Edgehill and Powick Bridge before being commissioned as a colonel of horse in 1643.




The regiment is believed to have put down risings at Sherborne, Portland and Corfe before garrisoning Bristol. One troop took part at Highnam and possibly Tewkesbury. The full regiment was active in the west country at Frome, Lansdown, the Siege of Devizes and Roundway Down. Finally being besieged at Bristol where they surrendered.

Nathaniel was disgraced by his surrender at Bristol and was stripped of command. Remnants of the regiment continued under the command of his younger brother John, whilst other troops were assimilated into the New Model Army (notably Behre's and Sheffield's regiments).

A 'straight out of the bags' unit here, no headswaps; you may notice that one of their number is a mounted casualty (for a little variety).

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…