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Musketeers at Holt Castle


The village of Holt on the border between England and Wales has a castle dating back to the thirteenth Century. During the English Civil War the castle was held by Royalist forces and they were beseiged by the Parliamentarians twice, once in 1643 and then in 1646. The castle finally fell after a year and the Royalists surrendered. In 1650 the castle was slighted to prevent it's further use as a base in future unrest.

The Holt Village Heritage day on September 19th 2009 saw the English Civil War Society provide a Living History Camp in the grounds of the castle ruins. This gave an insight into the life and drills of the Parliamentarian Army of the Civil war.

Here musketeers of the Parliamentarian Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote and of Sir Thomas Fairfax's New Model Army Regiment practice their firing in the air.


Musketeers at Holt Castle


The village of Holt on the border between England and Wales has a castle dating back to the thirteenth Century. During the English Civil War the castle was held by Royalist forces and they were beseiged by the Parliamentarians twice, once in 1643 and then in 1646. The castle finally fell after a year and the Royalists surrendered. In 1650 the castle was slighted to prevent it's further use as a base in future unrest.

The Holt Village Heritage day on September 19th 2009 saw the English Civil War Society provide a Living History Camp in the grounds of the castle ruins. This gave an insight into the life and drills of the Parliamentarian Army of the Civil war.

Here musketeers of the Parliamentarian Earl of Essex Regiment of Foote and of Sir Thomas Fairfax's New Model Army Regiment practice their firing in the air.


comments (7)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 26 Sep 2009, 01:40
Great timing and a fantastic perspective Les
Les Auld: You just have to be patient and take lots of pictures Zed, thanks for the comment.
These sorts of occasions provide all sorts of photo opportunities and you've taken full advantage here. It looks like you where right in the thick of it. Good timing, too.
Les Auld: They do indeed Alan, and a reasonably long lens helps isolate the action. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Sep 2009, 06:47
Well they certainly look convincing Les
Les Auld: They certainly frighten me Chris, thanks for the comment.
A fine example here of men not growing up! Hooray!!
Les Auld: And so they should not grow up Bill, thanks for the comment.
I recently saw a musket and wow do they look Heavy. The Nozzle Flare from the second man is Superb.
Les Auld: They are heavy Martin, I wouldn't ;ike to carry one through a battle. Thanks for the comment.
Excellent Les, and not a sign to date this as 2009 except perhaps the second mans glasses.
Les Auld: Just a small anachronism Brian, thanks for the comment.
Very realistic..Good one Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, just needed to get in close, thanks for the comment.

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