Weymouth Civil War Event 6th & 7th February
The Battle of Weymouth took place during the English Civil War in 1645 and on Saturday 6th February 2010, between 12 noon and 4pm at the Old Town Hall in the heart of old Weymouth (behind the council offices on North Quay and opposite the Boot Inn) there will be Living History inside the hall so you can get a flavour of what life was like in those times. There will be musket firing, pike drills for the children and 'show and tell' history of Civil War times. Refreshments will be available. Local author, Mark Vine, will be signing copies of his book, The Crabchurch Conspiracy, the true story of the Battle of Weymouth 1645.
On the Saturday evening (6th) from 9pm, local Celtic rock band, The Dolmen, will be performing LIVE the album The Crabchurch Conspiracy, with lyrics written by Mark Vine, author of the book of the same name. Tickets are just £5 each with funds raised being donated to the Old Town Hall renovation fund.
On Sunday 7th February, a commemoration march will take place with soldiers in full 17th Century dress, starting at Sandsfoot Castle at approx 10.50am, leaving at 11.00am on a route via Old Castle Road, Belle Vue Road and to the footpath at Bincleaves that leads to Newtons Cove. From there, up behind Brewers Quay to Franchise Street at Chapelhay, down the lane beside the Chapelhay Tavern and into Chapelhay Street to arrive at the Old Town Hall at approx. 12 noon. After a commemoration at the hall, the soldiers will leave at approx. 12.30pm and march along the old High Street (behind the council offices), then into Trinity Road and along to the Old Rooms Inn by the Old Town Pump. Here will be another commemoration and then the soldiers will march into Hope Square, finishing by Brewers Quay at approx. 1.15pm.
The whole weekend is an ideal opportunity for all ages to learn about Weymouth's local and Civil War history and is sponsored by:
Pike And Shot Tour & Event (PASTE)
Guardians of the Old Town Hall
Chapelhay Community Partnership