Barnstaple commemorates its English Civil War heritage with an all out battle at Rock Park

The roar of cannon and the crackle of musket fire returned to Barnstaple at the weekend as the town commemorated its involvement in the English Civil War.

The town changed hands several times between 1642-46 but Sunday's battle at Rock Park finally saw the Royalists admit defeat and surrender to the forces of Parliament.

It brought to an end a week of activities organised by Barnstaple Town Council that included children's workshops and tour of the Guildhall.

More than 2,000 people attended Sunday's living history event, with Sealed Knot members from Sir Nicholas Slanning's Regiment of Foote on hand to provide a battlefield display and chat to visitors.

Civil War re-enactment in Barnstaple's Rock Park with members of the Sealed Knot. Picture: Tony GussinCivil War re-enactment in Barnstaple's Rock Park with members of the Sealed Knot. Picture: Tony Gussin

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt said: "What a fantastic week! Thousands enjoyed our free fun activities, as well as learning about our town's history. I was particularly pleased the creative workshops, interactive tours, and history demonstrations were so popular too.

"A big thank you to all involved, especially the Town Council's Heritage and Cultural Manager Megan Sanders. Thanks too to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our efforts."

Heritage chairman Natasha Haywood, added: "We are delighted the week was such a success.

"One of the council's objectives is to promote Barnstaple's heritage, and these free events achieved just that.

Barnstaple mayor and consort Julie and David Hunt with members of the Sealed Knot. Picture: Tony GussinBarnstaple mayor and consort Julie and David Hunt with members of the Sealed Knot. Picture: Tony Gussin

"I am particularly pleased that some of the activities, such as the workshops, attracted a younger audience and other people who might not ordinarily be interested in history. It's also great that we've worked in partnership with local organisations, the Sealed Knot, and the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring these brilliant events to Barnstaple."

The 'Roundheads' and 'Cavaliers' go at it. Picture: Tony GussinThe 'Roundheads' and 'Cavaliers' go at it. Picture: Tony Gussin

Members of Barnstaple History group with real Civil War cannonballs fired in anger in North Devon.  Picture: Tony GussinMembers of Barnstaple History group with real Civil War cannonballs fired in anger in North Devon. Picture: Tony Gussin

And time for a well-deserved pint. Picture: Tony GussinAnd time for a well-deserved pint. Picture: Tony Gussin