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Middlewich Civil War Event 2015

The surprising truth behind a forgotten battle.

 

Cheshire has a fantastic and colourful past; here in Middlewich we’ve been taking a look back to a time of Civil War. If anything, this is the war that defined us as a nation. Family turned on family and in the battle for control, no-one or nothing was left untouched.

Our ever enthusiastic volunteers have been snooping around piecing together the two battles of Middlewich. This is something you don’t just come across, many books and events highlight other important and strategic battles but Middlewich is rarely mentioned. But thanks to the Heritage Officer and her trusty band of volunteers, we’ve found out that Middlewich was no simple skirmish but a full blown battle. Hundreds of people lost their lives here, leaving the town damaged, livelihoods put in danger and the church was left in ruins. We’ve re-drawn the battle lines and pieced together what happened and who were the people involved.

 

This is our chance to put our side of the story across and bring a forgotten battle back out of the mists of time. See our story, share our finds and commemorate all those who lost their lives here, often in horrific ways. We’ve joined forces with the English Civil War Society to re-enact what Middlewich was like at the time of the Civil war in the 1640’s and the type of battle local people would have been facing.

This is a unique opportunity to come along to a free event in the heart of Cheshire, plenty of displays, activities, bangs, pikes and shouting as the battles get underway and the cannon roars to life after 373 years.

 

24th and 25th May 2015

St Michael and All Angels Church, The Town Hall and Market Field are the display and activity areas, come along and find out what Civil Warfare was really like.

 

For more information contact:

Kerry Fletcher, Heritage Development Officer 01606 833434

 
Your Heritage Photographic Competition

Welcome to the sixth Photographic Competition! Explore Cheshire Heritage and wildlife, capture an image and enter this years competition. Entry is Free, Prizes to be won and all work is exhibited at the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival on the 20th and 21st June. Join in the fun and get snapping!

Entry form available from this website

Further information on 01606 833434 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 
Your Heritage Photographic Competition Entry Form Page 1
Here are the rules for the photographic Competition! For further information phone Kerry Fletcher on 01606 833434
 
Entry forms for 2015
 
The Battle of Middlewich Programme is now available

The Battle of Middlewich takes centre stage at Middlewich in only four weeks-time!

The Programme of events is now out. We are busy distributing these around Middlewich and other townships. I have also placed a copy of the programme on our website at http://www.middlewich-heritage.org.uk

The programme has approx. timings to give you a guide, these may change slightly especially if the weather is not on our side. We do of course have plenty going on under cover as well. The entire event is free of charge and refreshments are available, so come along and spend your late May bank holiday with us!

This event would not be happening without the support of the community and especially volunteers, a big thank you to Allan Earl for all his help and research into the Civil War of Middlewich. A great deal of his time was spent on research, cross checking references and getting everything in order. The interpretation panels are now being printed and contain newly uncovered information to our civil war past.

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. There are lots for adults and children to do over the two days.

Other valued help came from Jan Hutson and her typing skills, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies 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 still looking for volunteers to help us steward the event, so if you want to help out, contact Kerry Fletcher in the first instance on: 01606 833434 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

 
King Richard III talk at Nantwich Museum

Bob Savage, Weapons Expert for the University of Leicester ‘Search for Richard III’ Archaeological Team, will give a talk at Nantwich Museum entitled:  Killed the Boar, Shaved his Head, the Violent Death of King Richard III. The talk, which contains some images that some viewers may find disturbing, will take place at 7.00 pm (arrival from 6.30 pm) on Friday 1 May.

Bob Savage has been studying the skeleton of Richard III since its discovery and is one of the handful of experts to have physically examined the remains. Examination of the weapons trauma on the skeleton enabled an attempt to be made to identify the various types of weapons that may have been used to make them. As a result, using both historical and archaeological evidence, a potential sequence of events has allowed the possible last moments and death of Richard III - ‘the king under the car park’ to be discovered.

Tickets are available from Museum Reception £6 (Museum Members £5) including a drink and nibbles. Booking is strongly recommended.

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01270 627104; Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk.

 
Re-enactors to visit Artisan Market

Re-enactors from the Civil War's Colonel Edward Montagu's Regiment of Foote will be visiting Middlewich's Artisan Market on Saturday 25th April. They will be handing out programmes to the up and coming Civil War Event on 24th and 25th May, from 11am to 1pm.

Come along and say hello and find out more about the event. 

 
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