Local Pupils Enjoy Civil War Education Days
Friday, 29 June 2018
Bolton School has hosted two Civil War Education Days for local pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7. These exciting opportunities to learn more about the English Civil War precede the re-enactment of the Storming of Bolton which will take place in School grounds on the 7 and 8 July.
Costumed re-enactors from the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote, the local regiment of the Sealed Knot re-enactment society, joined pupils in the Arts Centre. Their presentation was as entertaining as it was informative, giving pupils an insight into what Bolton was like in the 17th century. They found out about what life would have been like for the people living in the town, including details about their religious beliefs and medical care, and took part in activities such as comparing modern and historical maps to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. Throughout the sessions, re-enactors talked to pupils about their role and their clothing, armour and weapons.
Pupils even had the chance to become musketeers, pikemen, ensigns (flag bearers) and drummers! They headed out into the sunshine and were put through pike drills and musket drills with the re-enactors. After these brief lessons, the drums sounded the ‘charge of horse’ and pupils quickly mustered into a formation to protect the colours, or flag, from cavalry.
During the sessions there were more opportunities to try on 17th century clothes, armour and helmets and handle replica weapons including muskets and enormous full-size pikes.
The Regiment explained more about the Storming of Bolton, also known as the Bolton Massacre, which will be re-enacted in School grounds on 7 and 8 July. They explained that Bolton was a Parliamentarian town, and talked about the events leading up to and following this notorious event.
Bolton School Junior Boys in Year 5 and Senior Girls in Year 7 were among the many young people from around Bolton who enjoyed the two Civil War Education Days.
The Storming of Bolton Re-enactment
On 7 and 8 July 2018, the notorious 1644 Bolton Massacre will be recreated in the grounds of Bolton School. This free event promises to be a weekend of thrilling battles and fascinating living history staged by costumed members of the Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote, the local regiment of the Sealed Knot re-enactment society.
The encampment will be open on both days from 10am to 4pm, with the main battles starting at 1pm. This event is free and takes place at Bolton School.
Visitors are encouraged to walk to the site if at all possible as parking around the School will be limited.
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