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Crowland prepares for a dramatic re-enactment weekend with the Sealed Knot




The epic ‘siege of Crowland Abbey’ returns this weekend to wow onlookers with a dramatic re-enactment of the historic events of 1643, writes VICTORIA NIXON.

The Cittie of London Brigade from re-enactors The Sealed Knot are pulling out all the stops to take spectators back in time to the Civil War.

There will be more soldiers, cannons and mortar then ever before, along with a Living History Camp and displays.

The Sealed Knot re-enactment team will appear over the weekend.
The Sealed Knot re-enactment team will appear over the weekend.

That's as well as cavalry parades, a torch-lit night march into Crowland by 'Oliver Cromwell’s Regiment', followed by a thrilling night battle and spectacular firework display.

The siege calls back to the time when the people of Crowland were bravely defiant against Cromwell and his puritan troops when he attempted to take control of the town during the Civil War.

It all kicks off on Saturday, September 14, at 11.15am from Trinity Bridge where troops will be marching around Crowland Abbey for the living history camps, ‘skirmishing’ throughout the day.

The torch-lit parade will be at 7.15 where ‘Oliver Cromwell’ will march into Crowland with cavalry, artillery, musketeers and pikemen. Then at 7.40pm will be the climactic night battle.

The cost for the re-enactment weekend is £5, and under 16s go free.

Saturday night in the beer tent sees the popular rockabilly band The Houndogs play; a ticket only event. Wristbands for this can be purchased from Crowland Abbey at £10.

On Sunday (15) , Holy Communion in Crowland Abbey is at 11am with events starting at Trinity Bridge from 12.15pm until 4.30pm.

The re-enactors performed at the Sutton St James 'Civil War' event in May.
The re-enactors performed at the Sutton St James 'Civil War' event in May.

Previously speaking to the Spalding Guardian, Rev Mike Ongyerth, chair of the Friends of Crowland Abbey, said: "A big thing we have this year is the torchlit parade. It will see mounted soldiers carrying 90 flaming torches.

"The event will be the biggest yet. It has taken a year of planning and is the third we have held. The event is held every two years."

More details can be found at www.crowlandabbey.org.uk

The Sealed Knot will bring to life the events of 1643 in Crowland.
The Sealed Knot will bring to life the events of 1643 in Crowland.

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