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Upcoming Event: Charlton Park, Wiltshire - 28th & 29th May

Our next event is very nearly here and it's the first Major Muster of the season! We're all getting very excited and ready to take to the field and fight hard once again on the Sunday and Monday of this upcoming Bank Holiday Weekend. 

This weekend, you'll find us at the beautiful Charlton Park estate, just near Malmesbury in Wiltshire. The ancestral home of the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, this beautiful house was built out of the Abbey of Malmesbury when it was sold off in 1539 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. 

Charlton Park Promo

 

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Queen Christina of Sweden - Defying gender roles in the 17th Century.

We often think of the breakdown of gender stereotypes as being a modern concept, something very 21st century as the world becomes, little by little, more accepting of differences to gender. There's still a long way to go before the prejudices are truly a thing of the past but is the breakdown of these prejudices really a modern thing? 

When studying a small girl's waistcote and looking at just how much it resembled the restrictive nature of the adult equivalent, member of the regiment Beth Parker decided to look into the life of the little girl who this waistcote belonged to and found a very interesting character indeed.

Christina Waistcote 1

 

Christina Waistcote 2

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The Great Rebellion at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire - 30th April & 1st May 2017

Last weekend, the regiment headed out for the first of two events we are taking part in at English Heritage properties this year. As the hosts, we had a lot to do but it was a great weekend and we had lots of fun.

With the help of our friends in Lisles regiment, De Gommes reigment and some people from the Kings Guard and Houghtons regiments, we had a great weekend enjoying some fantastic public engagment and some more light-hearted battling at the beautiful Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens in Warwickshire.

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Meet the Member - May 2017

It's time to revive this feature on our blog and introduce another one of our troops, this month it's Alan, one of our prettiest Pikemen. Keep an eye out over the coming months as we introduce you to more of our regiment. 

Name: Alyssa 'Alan' Cooper

Alyssa Boy Kit

 

Alyssa Girl Kit

 

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Upcoming Event: The Great Rebellion at Kenilworth Castle - 30th April & 1st May 2017

This weekend the Regiment will be heading out for the first big event of the year. We’ll be heading to the beautiful Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire for a two day event as Kenilworth is besieged! We’ll be portraying 17th Century life within the walls of the castle and throughout the day skirmishes will break out as the castles walls are attacked.

The partially ruined castle will provide a stunning backdrop to the event and the Elizabethan Gardens, 17th Century Hedge Maze and castle towers will provide plenty of other things to see and do during the day.

Kenilworth Castle

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The Siege of Basing House, Hampshire: 15th - 17th April 2017

Last weekend, 3 pikemen, a water carrier and a drummer made their way south to the pretty village of Old Basing to take part in the yearly opening event for Basing House.

Now managed by Hampshire County Council, the ruins of Basing House stand on some of the best Civil War earthworks in the country and, alongside the 17th Century Barn and pretty house gardens, make up and interesting and exciting attraction.

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Basing House Painting

 

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Book Review: 'Scatterwood' by Piers Alexander

Looking for something to keep yourself entertained until the fighting season starts again? Looking for the perfect companion to being squished in the back of the car next to all the kit for another weekend of re-enacting?

Well look no further as Newcastle’s regiment start foraying into the world of book reviews! Over the next few months we’re going to review various books that are related to the 17th Century and/or The English Civil Wars. Some will be great non-fiction reads for broadening your knowledge and others will be exciting fiction to transport you back to our favourite century as if you were right there in the thick of it.

Scatterwood 

Our first book is a new fiction novel based at the very end of the century. The Sequel to ‘The Bitter Trade’,  which was based in the coffe houses of 1688 London during the time of the Glorious Revolution, Scatterwood is a fast paced tale of life in Jamaica four years later.

 

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New Year - What's coming up in 2017

Hello! 

It's been a while since we've been able to update anything on here but as it's the season of new starts, we're making it a New Years Resolution to do more on here, our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

To anyone who has read our blogs before, we hope you enjoyed the latter half of 2016 and the festive period. For anyone who is new to our blog, hello and welcome! Please have a look through our old posts to get a better idea of what we get up to and stick around as we upload more and more in the future. We're starting off today looking at what we'll be getting up to over the first few months of the new year. 

Musket March

Image courtesy of Rusty Aldwinckle

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Smaller Events: Basing House, Newark Sconce and The Siege of Sheffield.

As well as our bigger events, we’ve been taking part in some of the smaller events that have been happening up and down the country.

 

These smaller or ‘mini’ musters are a great opportunity to make new friends with other regiments of the society and get involved in even more weekends. They’re good fun and often provide some of the most memorable events in the back catalogue!

 

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Image courtesy of Rusty Aldwinckle

 

 

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Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire: 27th - 30th May 2016.

At the end of May we went off to our first Major Muster of the year which took place at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. This gorgeous house was the home of famous poet Lord Byron and has provided the back drop to a couple more of our big events over the past few years so it was nice to be back in familiar territory.

The regiment had a lovely time seeing each other again all together for the first time this season and a couple of good battles coupled with good weather made for a great weekend.

Newstead Abbey

Image courtesy of Rusty Aldwinckle

 

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