Monday 13 June 2016

Cannons on the Park!

I knew this event was taking place yesterday, and had gotten my bee hunting run out of the way in order to make my way down to the park.

To watch a Civil War Battle.

The weather was dire, but the sound of gunfire as I left my flat indicated that the event was underway. It was loud a mile away, so heaven knew what it would be like when I got there. I'm not very good with loud noises.

As it turned out, the next salvo happened just as I cycled into the park grounds, and the concussion was such that I nearly rode my bike into the side of the now very appropriately named Rumbles Cafe. The weather was poor, so the turnout was low, but the Sealed Knot re-enactors, with their commentator, were still giving it everything with their pikes, muskets and earth shaking artillery. Apparently a historical skirmish, "The Battle of Muskham Bridge" was taking place, although I'm not sure there would have been quite so many caravans involved back then.

The Royalists seemed to be a pretty nasty bunch, as a captured Scottish trooper was subjected to a firing squad. He survived this however, only to be caught when he tried to run away - presumably full of musket balls - and then giving a good kicking before being run through with a sword.

It was a hard and short life being a soldier back then. Imagine collecting a cannon ball in the midriff! Luckily the commanders must have realised this, and decided that having groups of men waving large sticks at each other was fairer.

Frankly I could do with a 16 foot pike when I go into town on Saturday nights.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 13.06.16


  1. An interesting series of photo's ...
    The costumes look very good don't they.
    Thanks for sharing this event with us.

    All the best Jan

  2. I think this Brexit debate is getting out of hand!

  3. Thanks everyone, it was getting a bit rough down there...