Battle cries and thundering cannon fire could be heard in Kineton at the weekend as members of the Sealed Knot re-enacted the landmark Civil War Battle of Edgehill.
Hundreds of people young and old enjoyed the spectacle at the village’s sports and social club, where fighting commenced in a reincarnation of the key 1642 battle – the first engagement of a bloody power struggle between Parliamentarians and Royalists which divided the kingdom for almost 20 years.
Rob Halleron, who has been a Sealed Knot member for three years and is part of the Parliament’s Lord Robartes regiment, said: “This is a very important battle in English history so it is really key to be able to show people what fighting was like back then.
“Many believe the English Civil War was the first time when ammunition and cannon fire was used so it was a real milestone. There is a really good social gathering with the Sealed Knot. There is a lot of camaraderie and everyone always enjoys the day.”
As well as the fighting, there were demonstrations of 17th Century weaponry, drill and costume. Youngsters were able to try on various pieces of armour and look at swords used in the past.