INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Discover how Barnstaple was involved in the English Civil War – and join in with the commemorations this weekend
Discover Barnstaple during the English Civil War with an action packed day of living history and live battles at Rock Park on Sunday.
Barnstaple Town Council has been hosting a week of events to mark the town’s involvement in a division that split the nation right down to pitting families against each other.
Most people know about the ‘Roundheads and Cavaliers’ from television and movies, but the conflict was a huge upheaval that took the lives of countless thousands and changed the face of the country and its constitution forever.
Nobody could stand aside and Barnstaple along with the rest of North Devon was heavily involved in the war.
On Sunday at Rock Park from 11am there will be a battle re-enactment, living history camp, cannon and musket firing plus family fun including bouncy castle, children’s activities, face-painting and much more.
Members of the Sealed Knot living history group have set up camp at Seven Brethren and you can join them tomorrow (Saturday) at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre from 11am-3pm as they bring history to life, with plenty to see and a children’s workshop.
There has been a variety of living history activities at Barnstaple’s Guildhall, including the opportunity for visitors to take a tour and view the town treasures.
Children’s workshops and activities hosted by Nathan Fussell and The Plough Arts Centre have been interspersed with the chance to try out Civil War weapons and armour.