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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

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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!

 

Newark - Cover Photo

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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

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Siege! Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire: 1st & 2nd May 2016

It’s been a busy few months for Newcastle’s and it’s about time we updated you on what’s been going on! Over the next few days and weeks we will let you know about the fun we’ve been having and what we’ve got coming up as we get stuck into the rest of this campaigning season.

 

Back in May, we headed to Bolsover Castle, spiritual home of the regiment for an event with English Heritage. Bolsover Castle is a beautiful castle in the Derbyshire Countryside that was the playboy home of William Cavendish before the war before becoming a relaxing home for himself and his second wife once they returned from exile in France in the 1660s. It provided two great days of Living History and skirmishing and a lovely time was had by all.

Retreat!

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Upcoming Event: The Siege of Basing House - 9th & 10th April 2016.

Spring has finally arrived, the lambs (not us just yet) are now running around in fields up and down the country, so that means one thing, the re-enactment season is getting under way!

After a great Winter, including our Feaste (more about that soon, promise!), a little jolly out to Nantwich in January and some other opportunities to catch up with each other, it’s time for the 2016 season to get underway properly as we venture out this weekend.

This weekend we’re off to North Hampshire for a battle at Basing House. During the Civil War Basing House, one of the biggest and grandest houses outside of London at the time. A fantastic Tudor Mansion, it was owned by Sir John Paulet who fought for the King. Being located within strategic distance of London, Basing House was under siege by Parliament 3 separate times during the war.

Basing House Painting

 

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Meet the Member - February 2016

It's time for the very first Meet the Member of the year and what better way to start a new year than with a new Member! Meet James, who joined as a temporary member for a battle last year and liked it's so much he's coming back as a full member for 2016. Huzzah!

Name: James Baugh

James

 

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Holly Holy Day, Nantwich: January 23rd 2016.

A couple of weeks ago we went up into the lofts and to the backs of garages to dig out the re-enactment gear for the start of another season and headed to Cheshire. The annual Holly Holy Day celebrations take place in the town of Nantwich every year, commemorating the Battle of Nantwich, 26th January 1644 and the regiment went along in force to join in. It’s not our usual time for re-enacting but it’s a nice break in the winter quarters and we decided it was worth braving the colder climate!

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2015 - A Round Up.

Hello again! After a quiet winter it's time for the blog and social media to get up and running again ready for the 2016 season! There's no better way to start than to have a look back over the highlights of 2015. 

We may be saying so ourselves, but we had a rather good year! Lots of great events, plenty of reasons to celebrate and lots of new faces joining the ranks, so here's a good look at all the good stuff from last year.

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