On the weekend of the 6th and 7th of August 2011, Sir Thomas Tyldesleys Regiment of Foote made the trip to Alnwick Castle in Northumbria to support Sir Thomas Blackwell’s Regiment of Foote, the organisers of the event. We helped put on a great show on and off the battle field over the weekend, adding our numbers to the battle with members of our Pike and Musket blocks, our musicians and camp followers.
Sir Thomas Tyldesleys Regiment of Foote also put on a Living History display near the castle keep to provide a snapshot of how a typical encampment of the time would have looked. An outdoor fire was prepared by kitchen staff, on which a common 17th Century meal was prepared for the soldiers; and a more sophisticated meal for the Kings Army Gentry. In addition to the traditional food, herbalism, sewing and musket ball manufacturing (all common crafts from the period) were also demonstrated.
Despite the weather, the event was a flying success and the ECWS has been invited back to Alnwick Castle to do it all over again. Hopefully the weather will be better!