Central Leeds: Civil War breaks out as history comes alive

Lee Johnson, Janine Heseltine, Brenda Doyle and Sue Riley from the Regiment of Foote.
Lee Johnson, Janine Heseltine, Brenda Doyle and Sue Riley from the Regiment of Foote.
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There was no Cavalier attitude to history at the Royal Armouries when visitors stepped back in time to the days of the English Civil War.

The Clarence Dock museum was visited by Colonel Edward Montagu’s Regiment of Foote, who gave children and adults a taste of what life was like during one of the country’s bloodiest conflicts.

The Regiment of Foote is from the Roundhead Association, part of the English Civil War Society, who were onhand to show some of the aspects of military and civilian life during the pivotal 17th century clash.

Visitors got the chance to see demonstrations of the weapons used in the battles between the Roundheads and those loyal to the king as well as learning some tough drills to teach them how to be a soldier for the day.

Demonstrations also showed how officers and soldiers carried out their duties.

To show how civilians lived their lives during the Civil War, historical recreations on topics, including sewing and spinning were also given, as well as lessons from the resident scribe.

The regiment’s Dave Lister said, “It’s great to interact with the audience and to see their reactions to hearing what life was like in the 17th century.

“It also gives our members a chance to learn new skills from others within the regiment and the society.”

For more information about this, and all upcoming events, go online and visit www.royalarmouries.org

The English Civil War Society carries out authentic re-creations of seventeenth century military life. Their demonstrations see them attend events equipped with clothing, artefacts and weapons, which aim to be as authentic as possible.

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