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Barnstaple's Civil War week 


Interactive tours and weaving workshop  

On Monday 7th August 2017, we kick started the week with interactive tours and a weaving workshop in the Guildhall. Both were really well attended and this gave people the opportunity to learn about the visit of the Prince of Wales to Barnstaple in 1645 in a fun and engaging way, while trying their hand at a traditional craft that this area is very well known for.  

Decoupage Workshop  

Tuesday 8th August 2017, we had a decoupage workshop in the Guildhall Main Chamber. This gave people the opportunity to use Civil War texts and pictures connected specifically with Barnstaple, to make memory boxes which then could take away with them. Again, a chance to learn about history but in a fun and crafty way. This workshop was enjoyed by children and adults alike. 

Play in a day  

Wednesday 9th August 2017 saw the Guildhall Main Chamber transformed into a stage. The day consisted of rehearsals, children between 7-12yrs were set the task of learning a Barnstaple Civil War play. Then at 3.30pm they performed to a delighted audience. 

Trepanning Through History  

Thursday 10th August 2017, Trepanning Through History came to the Guildhall and demonstrated what life would have been like during the Civil War. From the gruesome antics of the barber surgeons to the armour and weaponry, money and women's attire. Children also got to try the traditional art of calligraphy and sealing in wax.  

Sealed Knot @ St Anne's  

Saturday 12th August 2017, saw the Sealed Knot invade Barnstaple high street and one of the town's oldest buildings. St Anne's Chapel hosted the Parliamentarians and Royalists, with living history displays showing traditional food and crafts. Barnstaple Town Council kept visitors feed and watered with a free cafĂ© and also hosted free children’s crafts in the undercroft of St Anne's. 

The Siege of Barnstaple  

Bridie Fewings Photography  
Sunday 13th August 2017, the Sealed Knot besieged Rock Park in Barnstaple. The day consisted of lots of free family activities for all ages, from bird and bug box making, face painting, craft and story tents, a photo booth with stocks and more! Three scheduled shows took place throughout the day, starting with the traditional Punch and Judy show, then a falconry display and ended with the Battle re-enactment. The battle was captured by a drone so be sure to watch the video above! 
Barnstaple Town Council are delighted with the turn out for all of the Civil War Events, we would like to thank the Heritage Lottery for funding the project, and everyone involved for making it a truly fantastic event. 

Legacy of the project  

These boards can be viewed during our Guildhall open house and tours, (see the Guildhall page for more details).  
Be sure to pick up one of our Civil War leaflets which give a brief insight into the Civil War history of Barnstaple. These can be collected from our reception at Barum House and at the Guildhall. Alternatively contact [email protected] to request a copy via post. 
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