Battle of Edgehill to be brought to life again in Kineton re-enactment event

Image for the Battle of Edgehill re-enactment held at the Kineton Sports and Social Club in Kineton
Image for the Battle of Edgehill re-enactment held at the Kineton Sports and Social Club in Kineton

More than 200 people will join together in the annual tradition of bringing back to life the historic Battle of Edgehill in Kineton next weekend.

The living history group the Sealed Knot are once again re-enacting the Battle of Edgehill, which was a major battle of the English Civil War in 1642, at Kineton Sports and Social Club playing fields.

The re-enactment will take place on Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27 from noon to 4pm on both days.

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War and was fought on October 23, 1642 between the forces of King Charles I and Parliament. It was fought in the open fields between the villages of Kineton and Radway.

Every year on the weekend nearest the anniversary, members of the Sealed Knot march in full costume and armour to the battlefield for a service and wreath-laying ceremony on the Sunday to remember those who gave their lives in the conflict.

The event includes living history displays, skirmishes, demonstrations of weapons, cavalry and the recreation of the Battle of Edgehill itself.

The Battle of Edgehill, or Kineton Fight as it was sometimes known, was intended to be the one great battle to decide the war.

Adam Blockley, one of the organisers for the event with the Sealed Knot group, said people can expect more than 250 people take part in the re-enactment held in Little Kineton for the 10th year.

Adam, who is part of the Philip Skippons Regiment of Foote, an infantry unit that represents the parliamentarians, added: “It's educating people about their local history.”

Adam encouraged anyone interested in joining re-enactment regiment of the Sealed of Society can contact him through his phone number at 07776 228 829 and email: awblockley@gmail.com.

Adam, who has been taking part in English Civil War re-enactment for 27 years, said: “I've kind of turned it into kind of a little business because I make reproduction arms and armour.”

The Sealed Knot is a registered charity, and his its own coat of arms. It is the largest re-enactment society in Europe.

Entry to the event is £1 per person, children under 11 years old free and car parking is £1.

There will also be a torchlight parade on Saturday, leaving the club from 6pm to St Peter's Church in Kineton.

The event at the Kineton Sports and Social Club includes a beer and cider festival and live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Live music on Friday night October 25 will feature music from the pop/rock cover band Room 17 and the AC/DC tribute band - Dirty Jack DC - at 9pm on Saturday October 26 at the sports and social club.

The times for the re-enactment weekend at the Kineton Sports and Social Club are as follows:

Friday October 25

7pm to midnight.: the beer festival is held inside the Kineton Sports and Social Club

9pm to midnight: live music by Room 17

Saturday October 26

11am to midnight the beer festival is held inside the club

11am to 4pm Barbecue, which includes burgers and hot dogs for sale along with teas and coffee

12 to 2pm living history display and talks

1 to 1.30pm Show and tell to learn more about the regiments and the Battle of Edgehill

2 to 2.30 Cavalry pre-battle display and talk

2.30 to 3.30 Battle of Edgehill re-enactment followed by opportunity to talk to and get pictures with the regiment members

Sunday October 27:

11am to 4pm the beer festival is held inside the club

11am to 4pm Barbecue, which includes burgers and hot dogs for sale along with teas and coffee

12 to 2pm living history display and talks

1 to 1.30pm Meet the regiment

2 to 2.30 Canon pre-battle display and talk

2.30 to 3.30 Battle of Edgehill re-enactment followed by opportunity to talk to and get pictures with the regiment members