Civil War

The Battle of Middlewich

Middlewich in the Civil War

24th and 25th May 2015

Presented by Middlewich Town Council and the English Civil War Society.

This event would not have happened without the support of the community and especially volunteers.

The background research to this event was done is a collaboration between the Heritage Development Officer of Middlewich Town Council and Heritage Volunteers, some of whom are members of the Middlewich Heritage Society.

A special thank you to local historian Allan Earl, for all his help into the Civil War at Middlewich. A great deal of his time was spent on additional research, cross checking references and getting everything in order. The Heritage Development Officer has turned the research into interpretation panels and a special news-letter which contains newly uncovered information to Middlewich’s civil war past. This is available on the Heritage Website.
The panels were up in the church of St Michael and All Angels over the Bank Holiday, the scene of the final surrender at the 2nd Battle of Middlewich.

This event was an opportunity for all visitors to experience what 17th Century life would have been like, how Middlewich may have looked and how people lived. A chance to step back in time to an age of a small market town, involved in one of the bloodiest battles our country has faced. The re-enactors of the Colonel Edward Montagu’s Regiment of Foote have put in a lot of time and effort to ensure that families have a great day out exploring life and warfare in the Civil War era.

Other valued help for the event came from Jan Hutson and her typing skills, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, the Battlefields Trust and Anna Bates, Collections Manager and Assistant Administrator for  The Tabley House Collection, University of Manchester, for her help and additional information.

Permissions for showing the portrait paintings came from: University of Manchester, The Tabley House Collection, Grosvenor Museum, Chester and Manchester Art Gallery, UK/Bridgeman Images.

We are raising money for a Battlefield Marker.  The Heritage Development Officer has arranged four talks by Civil War experts, with help from the Battlefields Trust, to take place between September and December. The ticket sales to these talks will be donated in full to pay for the marker which will be placed in the region of Booth Lane and Lewin Street as this is the area the first clash between the Royalists and Parliamentarians began starting the 2nd Battle of Middlewich where around 400 people are thought to have died in the streets of Middlewich.

Enjoy the information on this website, thank you to all our visitors to the event and please look out for future events in Middlewich.

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