Siege! Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire: 1st & 2nd May 2016

It’s been a busy few months for Newcastle’s and it’s about time we updated you on what’s been going on! Over the next few days and weeks we will let you know about the fun we’ve been having and what we’ve got coming up as we get stuck into the rest of this campaigning season.

Back in May, we headed to Bolsover Castle, spiritual home of the regiment for an event with English Heritage. Bolsover Castle is a beautiful castle in the Derbyshire Countryside that was the playboy home of William Cavendish before the war before becoming a relaxing home for himself and his second wife once they returned from exile in France in the 1660s. It provided two great days of Living History and skirmishing and a lovely time was had by all.

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Upcoming Event: The Siege of Basing House, Hampshire – 9th & 10th April 2016

Spring has finally arrived, the lambs (not us just yet) are now running around in fields up and down the country, so that means one thing, the re-enactment season is getting under way!

After a great Winter, including our Feaste (more about that soon, promise!), a little jolly out to Nantwich in January and some other opportunities to catch up with each other, it’s time for the 2016 season to get underway properly as we venture out this weekend.

This weekend we’re off to North Hampshire for a battle at Basing House. During the Civil War Basing House, one of the biggest and grandest houses outside of London at the time. A fantastic Tudor Mansion, it was owned by Sir John Paulet who fought for the King. Being located within strategic distance of London, Basing House was under siege by Parliament 3 separate times during the war.

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Holly Holy Day, Nantwich: 23rd January 2016

A couple of weeks ago we went up into the lofts and to the backs of garages to dig out the re-enactment gear for the start of another season and headed to Cheshire. The annual Holly Holy Day celebrations take place in the town of Nantwich every year, commemorating the Battle of Nantwich, 26th January 1644 and the regiment went along in force to join in. It’s not our usual time for re-enacting but it’s a nice break in the winter quarters and we decided it was worth braving the colder climate!

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2015 – A Round Up

Hello again! After a quiet winter it’s time for the blog and social media to get up and running again ready for the 2016 season! There’s no better way to start than to have a look back over the highlights of 2015.

We may be saying so ourselves, but we had a rather good year! Lots of great events, plenty of reasons to celebrate and lots of new faces joining the ranks, so here’s a good look at all the good stuff from last year.

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Elite Discourse and Witchcraft: Nationalism, Anti-Catholicism and Puritanism.

Firstly, let me apologise for the lack of content here in the past few weeks, as the Newcastle’s Blog Fairy it’s been a bit on the hectic side so some things had to be put on the back burner! Things are calming down now though so normal, weekly service should be resuming!

A little while ago there was a post on here put together by one of our members, Anne, all about Medical Knowledge and Medicinal Herbs in the 17th Century. Anne, who has a lot of knowledge on the subject wrote a fantastic piece for us to put on here and it was really well received. As time goes on and especially over the winter when there are less battles to tell you about, other members of the regiment have agreed to write posts for the blog sharing their areas of knowledge.

For some it’s something they already have a lot of knowledge about, for others it’s a chance to sit down and do some research and reading about a topic they want to know more about as they put together their article. Today’s article is from Beth who was our ‘Meet the Member’ this month. Beth is a History student at the University of Sheffield and for one of her assignments looked into Witchcraft in the 17th Century and agreed to write a shortened version of what she found for the blog, so without further ado, here is a piece all about Witchcraft. Beth has provided a list of sources and book for further reading at the end of this piece for those who wish to find out more.

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Battle of Edgehill, Warwickshire: 24th & 25th October 2015

At the weekend, Newcastle’s regiment headed out for their final event of 2015 at Edgehill in Warwickshire. The event was held at Kineton Sports and Social Club, in the village of Kineton, just on the edge of the original battlefield.

Having braved the rain on Saturday, glorious Autumn sunshine accompanied us on the memorial march on Sunday morning and held through to the battle in the afternoon.

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