Crowland Abbey sieged again

A centuries-old battle was brought back to life at Crowland Abbey last weekend.

Saturday, 21st September 2019, 12:55 pm
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-190456009

Scores of re-enactors took to the battlefield to recreate the Siege of Crowland on Saturday and Sunday. The sounds of the siege were recreated by the dozens of cannons and rifles, and the sound of drums. The Cittie of London Brigade from The Sealed Knot provided the ‘soldiers’ for the battle, and hundreds of visitors of all ages gathered to support the Cavaliers and the Roundheads as they did battle once more. Alongside the re-enactments, there was a ‘living history camp,’ cavalry parades, a torchlit night march into Crowland by Oliver Cromwell’s regiment followed by a spectacular night battle with a stunning fireworks finale. There was also entertainment by The Hounddogs. The event is now becoming an annual tradition at the historic building. The ‘original’ siege took place in 1643 during the English Civil War. The abbey, which had been held by Royalists, was badly damaged by Parliamentarian forces during the siege, and was eventually captured by Cromwell’s army.

Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185246009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185523009

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Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185534009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185545009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185715009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185726009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185737009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185748009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-185759009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-190151009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-190408009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-190420009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-190432009
Sealed Knot re-enactors at the Seige of Crowland at Crowland Abbey. EMN-190914-190858009