Castle grounds to host Civil War living history camp

By The Post in Local People

BUDE-STRATTON Town Council is delighted to bring the English Civil War Living History Camp to the Castle grounds on Sunday (May 21).

The dynamic cultural heritage event organised by heritage development officer, Janine King, and delivered by the award winning Devon-based historical promotions and event management, will be a free, fun, informative and educational day with a huge range of demonstrations and activities suitable for all ages.

Mrs King said: “The Battle of Stratton, a battle of the South West campaign of the first English Civil War, took place on May 16, 1643. Fought between the Cornish Royalist forces of Sir Ralph Hopton and the parliamentarian troops of the Earl of Stamford, it resulted in a defeat for the parliamentarians, despite their greater numbers and ‘defendable’ position, confirming Royalist control of Cornwall whilst destroying the parliamentarian field army in Devon.

“The battle site on Stamford Hill was purchased by Bude-Stratton Town Council in 1997 to not only preserve this important historic site, but equally to provide free community access for leisure purposes to walks and an environment full of wildlife, flora and fauna.”

She continued: “An annual commemoration of the battle is marked with a private wreath laying ceremony attended by members of the town council and the Sealed Knot, kindly hosted by the current owners of Bevill House on Stamford Hill. However, for 2017, we want the public to be part of this notable local historic occasion and have organised an amazing costumed interpretation event, reflecting the daily life of people living in the 17th century.

“We are hosting a living history camp in the Castle grounds, which will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, May 21. The encampment presents key aspects of 17th century history in a fun, interactive way.

“Visitors can learn about cooking using herbs, vegetables and ingredients found in a 17th century kitchen garden. Watch musket ball making, see how embroidery, weaving, braiding, spinning and knitting were common place every day activities, whilst lace-making by contrast was a complicated, expensive luxury item. There’ll be period games for all whilst younger family members will undoubtedly wish to join the children’s sword school.”

The town council is working with the Sealed Knot to produce a spectacular full battle re-enactment to celebrate the 375th anniversary in 2018, but are still encouraging people to let the past capture their imagination by visiting the living history camp on Sunday, May 21.

The living history camp is free to attend. For those with further interest in the Battle of Stratton, an information board at the battle site gives much more information on the conflict, whilst the Heritage Centre at the Castle houses a resident exhibition, as well as a large original painting of the Sealed Knot by the celebrated artist, Robert Lenkiewicz.

For further information, contact the Castle Bude on 01288 357 300 or visit

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