West Berkshire Council

Step back in time to the Civil War at Shaw House

Immerse yourself in history and take a trip back to the 17th Century and the time of the Civil War.

2015 - Civil War Fight Scene at Shaw House

Issued on: 08 February 2018

On Saturday 10 March from 11am until 4pm, Shaw House will come alive with the sounds of battle as the Earl Rivers' Regiment of Foote (part of the Sealed Knot) take up their swords, muskets and pikes and reenact some of the famous battles that took place in in the 1600s.

The free event takes place annually and visitors can discover what life was like for those who had to take up arms against their fellow countrymen. Visitors can also watch the tradesmen who would have accompanied the armies as they carry out their work.

Living History demonstrations will also take place in the Great Hall. A video of 'The Second Battle of Newbury' will be on show in the gallery, giving a full account of the battle that took place in the grounds in 1644 and the pivotal role that the House and grounds played in defending King Charles I and his forces.