For the first time in 350 years, the sights, sounds and smells of the English Civil War are to return to one of the country’s most spectacular country houses.
Temple Newsam is hosting the first event of its kind at this stunning venue, which will bring to life the house’s past when the crack of musket, the beat of war drums and chatter around the cooking pot were facts of life.
As the country watches its MPs negotiate in Parliament, families can learn about the English Civil War – the conflict that shaped our democracy and founded the nation we know today.
Starting at 10am and lasting till 4.30pm, activities will include:
• FREE kids activities throughout the day
• LIVE demonstrations of musket, pike and sword in the outdoor amphitheatre
• REAL musket firing
The day will conclude with a DEADLY skirmish at 4pm, sparked by the attempted arrest of a Royalist lord residing in the house.
People will be able to learn all about the men who fought the English Civil War and the families they left behind, while soaking up the atmosphere at this fantastic historical venue.
The tea room in the stables close to the house will also be serving a Civil War-themed menu, with food you’d find on any family’s table from the time.
One of the jewels in Leeds’ crown, the house – whose history stretches back to the Crusades – was rebuilt and remodelled in 1622 by entrepreneur and courtier Sir Arthur Ingram.
Sir Arthur’s sons took opposite causes during the Civil War. His grandson Henry joined the court in exile and was rewarded with the title of Viscount Irwin at the Restoration of Charles II. Henry and his new wife Essex, daughter of the Earl of Manchester, were wildly extravagant. This led to a sale of many of the furnishings of the house after his premature death in 1666.
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Notes to editors
• Taking place from Saturday 22nd May to Sunday 23rd May, 10am till 4.30pm
• Being held at Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE
• Run by The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote, part of the Sealed Knot re-enactment society
• Free kids activities, displays of 17th Century arms, military encampment, performances inside and outside Temple Newsam House.
• All activities free, though entrance fees for the House apply About The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote
The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote is a re-enactment group that recreates a Parliamentarian regiment of the English Civil War. It is part of the Sealed Knot, Europe’s largest re-enactment society and the oldest in the world.
Dressed in period clothing and versed in the history of this fascinating period, members take part in events across the country, from small displays of historical living to corporate events and pitched battles involving thousands of soldiers. The regiment has a prestigious annual event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
About Temple Newsam
Temple Newsam is one of the great historic estates in England. Set within over 1,500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland, it is a magnificent Tudor–Jacobean mansion. Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley and home to the Ingram family for over 300 years, the mansion houses rich collections of works of art. The garden is renowned for its Rhododendron and Azalea walk and features the National Plant Collections of Delphinium, Phlox and Aster novi–belgii. Europe’s largest working Rare Breeds Farm, with over 400 animals, is set within the original estate Home Farm.
Temple Newsam is managed and maintained by the Parks and Countryside and Museums and Galleries Sections of Learning and Leisure, Leeds City Council.