The Sealed Knot society's Battle of Newark re-enactment, Nottinghamshire. (1 of 3). Industrial Mechanical Sounds, Preserved
The Queen's Scone, Newark, Nottinghamshire
Bergonzi, Benet C
Russell, Martin (male)
Flute (fife), Drums, Rifles, Ram-rods, Rifles (muskets), Guns, Guns (muskets and artillery), Wheels (Field gun), Pikes, Swords
The Sealed Knot is a voluntary society extant since 1968 and dedicated to re-enacting battles from the English Civil Wars 1642-1651. Using replica period weapons, the members of the society portray either Royalist or Parliamentarian troops, and endeavour to give an accurate impression of how these battles were faught - from the positioning of troops and artillery, to the rules of close combat. Members of the public can watch the re-enactments for a small fee, with the sum-total going to charity. In these segments, the Sealed Knot are re-enacting the Battle of Newark of 1644, when Prince Rupert's Royalist army lifted the siege on the city and defeated Sir John Meldrum's Parliamentarian Army. The re-enactment takes place near The Queen's Sconce, which is a large earthwork redoubt from the civil war era. The recordist, Benet Bergonzi, actually participated in the re-enactment in Royalist colours and was thus able to get battle sounds from close in.