Troops from all over the UK descended on Chester on the weekend for a bloody battle.

Cavaliers and Roundheads recreated the deadly Siege of Chester (1643-1646) on the Dean’s Field near Chester Cathedral.

Sir William Brereton, played by Bill Burgess of Huntington, spoke at Chester Cross,  before being arrested and expelled  by the 'mayor' of Chester Thomas Cowper played by Mike Molcher.

Royalists supporting King Charles I on horseback marched through the city centre before converging on the field beneath King Charles Tower on the City Walls, where pikemen and musketeers clashed in heart-stopping skirmishes.

 

This year is the 370th anniversary of the start of the Siege of Chester, during which the city suffered huge damage and its people unbelievable deprivations.

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Although one of the King’s most stalwart strongholds and a city rich in English Civil War history, Chester’s role in the conflict is often overlooked in favour of its Roman heritage.

The city's heritage includes the house of Thomas Cowper, on Bridge Street, the mayor who arrested Chester's MP in 1642 and The Commonhall where citizens voted to stay out of the Civil War.  King Charles Tower on the City Walls is where he watched the defeat of his forces at the Battle of Rowton Heath.

The reenactment of the Siege of Chester was presented by the Earl of Manchester's Regiment of Foote and The Sealed Knot Society.