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Cavalier or Roundhead?

Let Battle Commence

Featuring the Battle of Newbridge, 1644 re-created by the Sealed Knot Society Newbridge Farm, near Standlake. 21-22 July, 11.00am – 6.00pm. Main battle event 2/2:30pm Last admission is 3.30pm. Adults £6 Children £4: payment by cash or cheque only.

You and your family will really not want to miss out on this...

Hundreds of authentically dressed foot soldiers are going to recreate the 1644 Battle of Newbridge.

Peaceful now

The peace will soon be broken

The battle was an exciting part of Oxfordshire’s civil war history.  Newbridge is halfway between Abingdon and Witney, Oxford and Faringdon where the Thames and Windrush rivers meet. Four centuries ago Newbridge was the front line between Royalist and Parliamentary forces and the bridge was a vitally important Thames crossing.

The main battle event will be an amazing colourful and exciting spectacle – the roar of the cannon, soldiers clashing in battle, bright bold standards, smoke and the noise of the drums - vividly bringing to life the history of our county.

For a bit of fun why not find out whether you are a Cavalier or a Roundhead in this fun quiz devised by Guy Browning.

Picture by Roger Kerswill

Organising team in Civil War dress

Polly's Appeal

This major civil war event is being organized by a handful of local ladies from the villages of Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor, on farmland alongside the Thames generously opened up to the public by local farmer, Nick Frost.

Every penny of the proceeds will go to Polly’s Appeal, a local fundraising campaign to build desperately-needed new premises for the preschool children of the nearby villages. Volunteers from the villages decided against 200 years of jumble sales and thought they'd do one giant event instead to raise funds.

Other highlights...

There will also be military displays, an authentic 17th century camp village and children's puppet shows telling The Story of the Civil War and St George and the Dragon which popular belief says took place on White Horse Hill just a few miles from the site.

The New Bridge itself is one of the oldest and best-preserved medieval bridges in the county with great pubs on each side, so after all the action you can have a well deserved drink!

Battle of Newbridge

Battle of Newbridge

This is going to be a memorable weekend of colourful and exciting historical entertainment in a stunning location alongside the Thames and you can help make history in Newbridge – so come along and be part of it! 

For more information regarding this event please contact Esther Browning on 01865 821200 or visit the Oxfordshire 2007 website.

The event will be situated alongside the A415 between Abingdon and Witney, the A34 and the A40, is easily accessible from the M40, M4 and other major trunk roads.

last updated: 20/07/07

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