Picture special: Civil War shenanigans in Barnstaple
- Credit: Archant
Muskets and amputations during Saturday’s historical re-enactment event at Barnstaple Heritage Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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