Picture special: Civil War shenanigans in Barnstaple

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre to mark the anniversary of the town's surrender to Parlaiment. To order this picture and see more, click on the myphotos24 link to the left of this page. - Credit: Archant

Muskets and amputations during Saturday’s historical re-enactment event at Barnstaple Heritage Centre.

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre to mark the anniversary of the town's surrender to Parlaiment. To order this picture and see more, click on the myphotos24 link to the left of this page. - Credit: Archant

CIVIL war returned to Barnstaple today (Saturday) as the town commemorated its role in a conflict which divided the nation more than 350 years ago.

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre to mark the anniversary of the town's surrender to Parlaiment. To order this picture and see more, click on the myphotos24 link to the left of this page. - Credit: Archant

A crowd watched outside the Heritage Centre as English Civil War re-enactors and living history experts recreated the Royalist town’s surrender to the forces of Parliament in 1646.

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre

Scenes from the English Civil War historical re-enactment on Saturday at Barnstaple Heritage Centre to mark the anniversary of the town's surrender to Parlaiment. To order this picture and see more, click on the myphotos24 link to the left of this page. - Credit: Archant

With musket volleys, sulphurous smoke and to the beating of drums, the terms of surrender were proclaimed and then accepted by the Mayor, Councillor Lesley Brown.

Barber surgeon Master Nathan was also on hand to demonstrate the tools of his craft, re-enact an amputation or two and chill listeners with tales of 17th century medical procedures all conducted with the benefit of anaesthetic.


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It is the second year of the free event, organised by the Heritage Centre and the Town Council, to mark a major period in the town’s history.

* CLICK on the gallery link to the top right of this page to see more pictures of Civil War fun.

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