PHOTOS: A thank you to Chester from the Roundheads and Cavaliers who stormed its walls!

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What a weekend! Thank you to EVERYONE who turned out to see us bring Chester’s English Civil War history to life last weekend. It was a fantastic weekend that our members absolutely loved and it was the enthusiasm, attention, and applause of the public that made it all worthwhile.

We were blessed with glorious weather on the Saturday and only light showers on the Sunday – as the battle commentator said, truly the sun shines on the righteous!

Visitors lined the City Walls to watch the clash of pikes and the firing of dozens of muskets, as almost 200 re-enactors brought the Battle of Rowton Moor in 1645 to life beneath the Phoenix Tower, where King Charles is said to have stood and watched the defeat of his forces by Parliament.

This was the second year the event has taken place and was made possible by a very generous grant from Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Earlier in the day a 17th Century plague doctor and an entourage of soldiers posed for photos by Chester Cross, before both armies marched through the city with drums beating, fifes playing, and soldiers shouting battle cries. The parade stopped for a moment in front of the Town Hall to receive a message from the Town Crier and be blessed by a preacher before heading off to fight.

Dean’s Field itself slipped back to the 1640s with an encampment tent with women practising traditional crafts, an authentic meal was prepared and youngsters got the chance to design their own soldier’s uniform and flag.

The regiments taking part included Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote, Earl of Newcastle’s Regiment of Foote, Sir George Lisle’s Regiment of Foote, Lord Fairfax’s Regiment of Foote, Lord Grey’s Regiment of Foote, John Lilburne’s Regiment of Foote, Sir Nicholas Slanning’s Regiment of Foote, Prince Rupert’s Horse, The King’s Guard, John Gell’s Regiment of Foote, and Col John Hutchinson’s Regiment of Foote.

There were some great photos taken on the day and we’ll be featuring some of those we’ve found online over the course of this week.

Thank you again to everyone who attended and made last weekend so special, it really makes all the hard work worth it!

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