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The Battle of Edgehill

The Sealed Knot returns to Little Kineton for the traditional end of its reenactment season and to mark the Battle of Edgehill.

On Sunday, all are welcome at the brief wreath-laying ceremony at the battle monument on the B4086, with a skirmish reenactment at Kineton Sports & Social Club at Little Kineton.

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War and was fought on 23rd October 1642 between the forces of King Charles I and Parliament; though both sides suffered terrible casualties, the battle was not the decisive blow either side expected and the war continued for another three years.

Every year on the weekend nearest the anniversery, 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. A battle re-enactment takes place on both days of the weekend during the afternoon, at the Kineton Sports & Social Club. There are living history displays, skirmishes, demonstrations of weapons, cavalry and of course the recreation of the Battle of Edgehill itself.

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