Later this month, King Charles will arrive in Peterborough … in chains!


A king under arrest. A town in revolt. When Peterborough slips back to the English Civil War, who knows what the outcome will be?

The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote is delighted to be returning to the historic town of Peterborough later this month as part of the annual Peterborough Heritage Festival.

The grounds of the stunning Peterborough Cathedral will become home to a multitude of groups portraying periods in British history ranging from the Romans through to the Second World War, open from 10am until 5pm on 25th and 26th June.

And this year, King Charles himself will be making an appearance on horseback!

We will be portraying the arrival of the king into the town in 1647. The first English Civil War was over and Charles had handed himself over to the Scots, who promptly gave him to their allies in Parliament. Charles was escorted to Holdenby House in Northamptonshire and effectively placed under house arrest, a chain of events already in motion that would see him executed by his own people in less than two years.

But before that, in 1647, he spent a night in Peterborough.

We’ve been looking forward to this event all year and our two displays – 11am on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday – look set to be great fun, both for us and for the audience. We’ll have our large encampment next to the cathedral, where you’ll be able to see authentic cooking, crafts and games, as well as the chance to be put in the stocks for bad behaviour! You;’ll be able to meet the cavalry, pike, musket and drummers who fought the English Civil War and see for yourself the history of the town come to life! Then we’ll be marching into the square just outside the main gatehouse to await the arrival of the king – but will ALL the locals be so happy to see him under arrest?!

To give you an idea of what you can expect, here’s a gallery of images from last year’s event.

Hope to see you there!


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