Sealed Knot re-enactment of the Siege of Barnstaple goes off with a bang.

HISTORY came to life on Saturday as Barnstaple was plunged back into the days of the English Civil War.

Together with the Heritage Centre, well known re-enactors The Sealed Knot staged a recreation to mark the anniversary of April 14, 1646 when the Royalist town was forced to surrender to victorious Parliamentary forces.

A crowd gathered outside the centre on the Strand 366 years later to delight at musket volleys and manoeuvres, while the Mayor, Councillor Ian Roome, “graciously” accepted as the original terms of surrender were read.

So far as anyone knows, it is the first time the Siege of Barnstaple has been commemorated, but now the Sealed Knot, Heritage Centre and Town Council hope to make it an annual event, with even bigger and better plans for next year.

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