Plenty of men in uniform, but no need to fear the parking wardens on Civil War weekend
The Roundheads hate the Cavaliers, and the Royalists have little time for the Parliamentarians. But there’s one uniform no-one need fear in Marlborough this weekend – that of the parking attendant.
Marlborough Town Council has persuaded Wiltshire Council to waive parking charges during a re-enactment of the Battle of Marlborough, which takes place this weekend.
Three thousand people are expected to attend the event. The English Civil War Society will bring pitched battles to The Common, recreating the events of 1642 when defending Parliamentary soldiers supported Parliament against King Charles and his Royalist troops, while a Living History event in the Priory Gardens will give people the chance to learn a little more about life in 17th century Marlborough, with displays of crafts and trades.
The battles - which residents are warned will be very noisy - take place from 3pm until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, with Living History events taking place between 11am and 5pm on both days.
A Royalist gun battery Living History event takes place on The Common from 11am until 2.30pm each day, while a religious debate takes place at St Mary’s Church - which bears the scars of the original Civil War battle - from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, and a wreath laying ceremony takes place at the Castle & Ball on Sunday.
It was in a yard near the old inn that the Royalists finally broke through into the main part of the town after breaching the barricades at The Common. A blue plaque at the Castle and Ball commemorating Marlborough’s stand against the Royalists was put up in 1995.
And the best news is that, like the parking, all events are free of charge.