The English Civil War history of Chester will come alive this weekend – but be wary of the Plague Doctor, as you might be his next ‘patient’!
With masks stuffed with herbs and straw to ward off ‘bad’ air, the Plague Doctors were a common sight in Britain during the 16th and 17th Centuries when great epidemics of plague swept through towns and cities across the country. Using their walking stick to examine patients at a distance, the Plague Doctors tested rich and poor for the pestilence that many thought was a punishment from God.
The Plague Doctor will be just one of the personalities roaming the streets during the FREE family-friendly weekend in the centre of Chester that will see the Sealed Knot also re-create a skirmish during the great siege of the city in 1645.
Travel back in time 350 years and witness Chester’s role as a Civil War stronghold. Soak up the sights and smells of the authentic encampment as the forces cook, sleep and prepare for battle beneath the city’s walls. Meet the soldiers, discover what they are fighting for, and find out what life was like on and off the battlefield.
You might even be able to pick up a remedy or two from a fully-qualified 17th Century ‘quack’!
(photo via my lovely life through a lens)
Here’s what will be on offer over the weekend:
- Taking place on Deans Field in the heart of Chester
- Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August
- Historical camp open from 10am to 5pm
- Spectacular FREE battles at noon and 2pm
- Activities for kids
- Dramatic scenes on Eastgate all weekend
Directions to Deans Field: walk north along the city walls from Eastgate Clock & Cathedral or follow signs down Abbey Street from Northgate Street
For more details, go to our website at www.earlofmanchesters.co.uk