The English Civil War Society return to Aardvark Books in their biggest ever muster to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the two sieges of Brampton Bryan in 1643 and 1644.
Including a full detachment of cannons, muskets, pikes and much more, the hundreds of re-enactors tell the blood thirsty story of the heroic defence of Brampton Bryan Castle by Brilliana Harley and her household. Attacked by a Royalist force of some 800 men lead by Sir William Vansittart, Brilliana Harley bravely defended the castle – the second largest in the Marches – and the re-enactment captures the noise and hurley burley of the sieges.
In addition to the sieges throughout the weekend there will be a large ‘Living History Village’ containing a range of crafts people who show what life was like during the middle of the 17th century. Weaving, leather working and much more went on even during periods of fighting.
In the warehouse noted battlefield historian Martin Hackett ( author of the ‘Lost Battlefields of Wales’ and the ‘Lost Battlefields of Britain’ ) will be explaining what happened during the sieges with the help of his intricate scale models. He also has models of other local battles including Mortimer Cross. Martin has worked with the Mortimer Cross Society on the successful English Heritage application, and over the next few years will be spearheading the first scientific surveys of the area of the battlefield.
Also joining us during the day will be Adrian Durkin formerly Senior curator at the Dudley Museum services. Adrian will be bringing his collection of exhibits of the period and will also be leading the children’s activities in which children get a flavour of warfare of the period.
Event starts at 10:00am.
Entry £5 per day, on the gate; under-16s go free. Free parking.