C17th English Civil War re-enactment

#1
A good few years ago I saw one of those big noisy battles at the showground near Braintree in Essex where about 800 people dressed as Roundheads and Cavaliers knocked and shot the sh!t out of eachother (in the name of raising cash for a local hospice) and afterwards succeeded in drying out an entire beer tent.

Are you involved with this serious bit of fun ? love to get involved.
 
#2
Yes, I got involved at the very young age of 39, partly out of a big gap in my history knowledge (as I spent more time arsing around in history at school, than committing any of it to gray matter). But more for the very active 'apres battle' that goes on with some quite easy drinking real ales.

The Sealed Knot have units all over the UK and I guarantee there are several up in the smoke.

I have a whale of a time (well from what I can remember) plus I get to turn loads of black powder into smoke, what more could the inner child ask for.
 
#5
Are we back on SLR's?
 

ugly

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#8
Are we back on SLR's?
If you really must then War And Peace at the Hop Farm near Paddock Wood is good for spotting but it is also walt central. They try and legitimise it by having free admission for WW2 vets but there probably arent that many left.
I do know there is an SADF society there and you can wear brown ovies and talk shit with ouens over a beer whilst admiring your deactivated R1!
 

oldbaldy

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#9
A good few years ago I saw one of those big noisy battles at the showground near Braintree in Essex where about 800 people dressed as Roundheads and Cavaliers knocked and shot the sh!t out of eachother (in the name of raising cash for a local hospice) and afterwards succeeded in drying out an entire beer tent.

Are you involved with this serious bit of fun ? love to get involved.
I'm also a member of the Knot, if you want to know a local Regt to where you live PM detail & I'll give you a list, both Parliament & Royalist. Being in either has nothing to do with you be a 21st century republican or royalist, it's just who you want to have fun with. Likewise you don't really need to be with a unit local to your area, I'm adjitant of a West Country Regt but live in East Anglia.

The Sealed Knot | Love History? Live history with the Sealed Knot.
 
#11
There was a big split in the SK many many years back and the ECWS (english civil war soceity) was formed. I was in the SK with my dad
as a kid, earle of stamfords reg of foote. Had a great time. One thing you will find... the philosophical split in re enactment between
really authentic people who want to do living history and crafts to find info on the past and those who just want a pageant and a beer and
bash... much to be said from both points of view, but the 2 dont like to mix. (Judean Peoples Front anyone ??)
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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#12
There was a big split in the SK many many years back and the ECWS (english civil war soceity) was formed. I was in the SK with my dad
as a kid, earle of stamfords reg of foote. Had a great time. One thing you will find... the philosophical split in re enactment between
really authentic people who want to do living history and crafts to find info on the past and those who just want a pageant and a beer and
bash... much to be said from both points of view, but the 2 dont like to mix. (Judean Peoples Front anyone ??)
I once worked with a senior bod in the ECWS. Apparently, if and when they ever squared up against the SK, it was 1641 all over again and studied re-enactment took a back seat.
 
#13
Sounds a little like Ye Olde Pye club

some would go as far as checking the pedigree of the herd that the steak would come from, correct ingredients in the gravy and only accept a certain pastry lid and pie case.... whereas most just wanted to eat the blimmin' thing !
 

oldbaldy

LE
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#15
I once worked with a senior bod in the ECWS. Apparently, if and when they ever squared up against the SK, it was 1641 all over again and studied re-enactment took a back seat.
It's bad enough when the Knot are fighting each other, at a big event with a thousand or so on each side it can take some controlling especially when some don't want to be controlled. A pikeman can't really call himself one until he had a scar across the bridge of his nose from the rim of a steel helmet!
 
#16
I joined the Sealed Knot in 1974 and had a whale of a time. Stopped attending on a regular basis in about 1980 though I went to one a couple of years ago with the family and borrowed some gear. I was in the Marquis of Newcastle's Regt of Foote.

It was a lovely introduction to wine, women and song in various parts of the country. Set up by Brig Peter Young in 1968.

Peter Young (historian) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sealed Knot | Love History? Live history with the Sealed Knot.

Reminds me. I once had an interview without coffee with him after an incident in the beer tent late one night. He let me off. Nice bloke.
 

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