Siege fever of 1643 grips Crowland

Trouble brewing ... members of the Sealed Knot Cittie of London Brigade outside the George and Angel. SG190915-125TW
Trouble brewing ... members of the Sealed Knot Cittie of London Brigade outside the George and Angel. SG190915-125TW
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It was a weekend of extraordinary scenes in Crowland as the town turned back the clock to the 1643 English Civil War siege of their abbey.

Priest-in-charge the Rev Charles Brown joined the 200-plus ranks of the Sealed Knot Cittie of London Brigade to play the Rev Ram, the Spalding vicar kidnapped by the Royalist Crowland militia.

Looks like a nasty shock ... the Rev Charles Brown is taken prisoner by the militia. Photo (TIM WILSON) SG190915-122TW

Looks like a nasty shock ... the Rev Charles Brown is taken prisoner by the militia. Photo (TIM WILSON) SG190915-122TW

Spalding was Parliamentarian and the Rev Ram was later freed by Cromwell’s troops.

Colourful uniforms, canon, muskets and pikes have been in evidence in the town during a three-day encampment – and not just for the reenactments.

The Rev Mike Ongyerth, curate at the abbey, said one of the strangest sights he’s ever seen was a small group of militia in uniform queuing up for a late night kebab.

The event has so far raised £3,500 for the maintenance of the abbey. Mr Ongyerth said: “A huge thanks to everybody who took part, especially the people of Crowland. I though they were magnificent.”

Straight down the barrel. A purposeful militia moment from Saturday's reenactment. SG190915-112TW

Straight down the barrel. A purposeful militia moment from Saturday's reenactment. SG190915-112TW

Some of the spectators who looked on as the events of 1643 were recreated. SG190915-131TW

Some of the spectators who looked on as the events of 1643 were recreated. SG190915-131TW

The call to arms on Trinity Bridge. SG190915-142TW

The call to arms on Trinity Bridge. SG190915-142TW

The Rev Charles Brown is literally roped in as a prisoner heading for the abbey. SG190915-135TW

The Rev Charles Brown is literally roped in as a prisoner heading for the abbey. SG190915-135TW

Heavily armed on the march to the abbey. SG190915-137TW

Heavily armed on the march to the abbey. SG190915-137TW

A canon crew make ready to fire in Saturday's reenactment of the siege. SG190915-114TW

A canon crew make ready to fire in Saturday's reenactment of the siege. SG190915-114TW

You're never properly dressed for war without a pike. SG190915-133TW

You're never properly dressed for war without a pike. SG190915-133TW

Spectators get a fascinating insight into Crowland's history of nearly four centuries ago. SG190915-132TW

Spectators get a fascinating insight into Crowland's history of nearly four centuries ago. SG190915-132TW

What a hat! One of the militia men. SG190915-126TW

What a hat! One of the militia men. SG190915-126TW