Summer Update

Some ECW Summer Events from the Battlefields Trust

Battle of Langport 1645  Thursday 10th July 2014

Anniversary walk around the site of the Battle of Langport led by Julian Humphrys

Battle of Worcester 1651

Sunday 7th September 2014 – a walk on the northern part of the battlefield with Tony Spicer

The Pike & Shot Society were represented at this year’s Phalanx wargames show

Pike & Shot Phalanx 2014… where we saw a very big interpretation of the battle of Marston Moor

Phalanx 2014 16c

Phalanx 2014 16a

Meanwhile, ECWBattles has a report ( … here ) on the recent Battlefields Trust visit to Cropredy Bridge

Cropredy Bridge 01

Cropredy Bridge 02

Details of all Battlefields Trust walks can be found on the trust website (link above) and are open to all visitors (there is usually a small charge for non-members)

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Banbury Battlefields (Part 3)

The third of the Battlefields Trust/Banbury Museum talks on Banbury Battlefields is this Saturday at 2:30 at Banbury Museum.   As of posting there are still some tickets left (but the last talk, Cropredy, sold out so don’t leave it much longer).

Harvey Watson talks on the Battle of Edgcote (1469) – tickets £7.50, bookable.

More info: Banbury Battlefields

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Campaign to save the Cromwell Museum

The Cromwell Museum is located in the centre of Huntingdon and is home to a significant collection of related archives, exhibits and memorabilia.

Cromwell Museum

The Museum has now been scheduled for closure and the Friends of the Museum are campaigning to keep it open.   For more information on the campaign, visit Save the Cromwell Museum, or to back the petition, go to

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Battlefields Trust Talk: Edgehill

Edgehill talk 01

16th November 2013, Banbury Museum.

Battlefields Trust Mercia region coordinator, Simon Marsh, gave a detailed and engaging analysis of the first major battle of the English Civil War, Edgehill (1642).

His account began with an examination of the Swedish and German (Dutch) infantry systems and how and why the Royalist commanders believed the Swedish system would benefit their army.

If there were any benefits to be had, however, they had dissipated by the time the infantry came into sight of the enemy as the formation proved too complex for the amateur  soldiers asked to employ it.

By the time battle was joined, the lead three Royalist tertia were presenting a single line ‘of nine bodies’ and the simple Dutch array was used thereafter.

In Simon’s opinion it seems there is no evidence to suggest that minor formation differences or doctrines played any decisive part in the conduct or outcome of the battle.

Edgehill talk 02(powder bottle cap from the fighting at Edgehill)

There was a small selection of finds on display from metal detecting on the battlefield which has helped identify the position and orientation more securely (and which places the battle nearer Kineton and with the armies rotated through 60 degrees compared with the traditional reconstruction) …

There was also some information circulated on the (lottery funded) Battle of Edgehill Information Hub which is particularly keen to hear from anyone whose family history connects them to the Banbury/Kineton area in the 17th century …

A thoroughly worthwhile talk to attend.   And there are two more to come … Cropredy on Jan 18th and Edgcote on Feb 22nd.  Details on the Museum’s News Page

Banbury Museum is a relatively modest facility, but what exhibits it has are well displayed. There was a good display on the evolution of the town and a nice couple of cases of 17th century military equipment.

It does boast a lecture theatre and a friendly cafe which served a pretty good cup of coffee – worth arriving early and having a light lunch next time, I suspect …

Edgehill talk 03

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Pike & Shot Society at SELWG

SELWG 2013 01

The Pike & Shot Society enjoyed a good day out at SELWG, Crystal Palace Sports Centre, on 13th October.

The membership stand was supported by Phil Steele’s reconstruction of the Second Battle of Newbury (1644), which attracted interest both as an aid to explaining the narrative of the battle and as a participation game …

SELWG 2013 04

The Society stand attracts more interest (and a more enthusiastic welcome from show organisers) when it is able to be supported by a wargame or battlefield display from the history of the period, and is always keen to hear from fellow enthusiasts who would like to put one on at shows the Society attends.

For more on Newbury 1644, see Phil’s ECWBattles blog.

There are more pictures from the show at Ancients on the Move

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14th June

Today is the 368th anniversary of Parliament’s decisive victory over the King’s army at Naseby.

Back in 1645, June 14th was on a Saturday.

Streeters Naseby Unamended

The Naseby Battlefield Project will be hosting a family weekend on 22nd/23rd June featuring reenactment, talks, wargames and demostrations …

Naseby June 2013


See Naseby Family Day for more …






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Pike & Shot Society do Salute 2013

I was pleased to be given a roving brief as part of the Pike & Shot Society team at Salute

Salute P&SS 2013 02As you can see, the Society’s grandees were there, all the wonderful publications were on display, and there was plenty of encouraging interest.  I think the Society had a good day.

Salute P&SS 2013 01I could almost offer this as a caption competition … (I was tempted by the good the bad and the ugly … but who could possible think any of them ugly …) … Indeed, there was a good deal of thought went into showing off publications at Salute.  P&SS went for sauve, skilled and seasoned ambassadors, Miniatures Wargames went for roving, younger, female ambassadors who I am sure are regular players and can offer enthusiasts plenty of worthwhile advice.

Last year there was a lot of Pike & Shot period stuff going on at the event – Warlord games were doing their big push … but this year it was a little quieter …   However, there were still some good looking games around …

Salute P&SS 2013 04The Battle of Haywards Heath – 1642 (Eastbourne Wargames Club)

… and right next to the Society, the GLC Club’s League of Augsburg game (Beneath the Lily Banners) …

Salute P&SS 2013 03

(The Battle of Steenkirk – 1692)

Salute is a great place to meet people as well as to promote, and a number of interesting ideas were floated in and around the Society pitch – I hope there will be much to report as the year develops …

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