Civil War clash marks village anniversary

TIME rolled back more than 370 years in Redbourn last weekend, as the opposing forces of the Crown and Parliament clashed on the common in a re-enactment of the Battle of Watling Street.

Royalist forces in the Regimente of Foote under the command of the Earl of Northampton were resting near Redbourn before joining up with the Oxford Army when they came under fire from Cromwell’s troops, leading to a bloody battle between the two sides...

The English Civil War re-enactment was organised by the Order of the Sealed Knot as part of the celebrations marking Redbourn’s 900th anniversary this year.

It was among the jam-packed line-up of events at Saturday’s Redbourn Carnival, which also included a free climbing wall, more than 60 stalls selling local produce and crafts, as well as traditional events such as the tug-of-war which was won by the home team in a final match with Sandridge.

Opening proceedings saw a parade through the village led by the Enfield District Scout band and also featuring local Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Rainbows, and the event was attended by as many as 5,000 people from across the area.