Wardour Garrison is a group of enthusiastic people who
enjoy leaving their more conventional lives behind and
meeting up at various locations around the country to
re-create life as it might have been during the seventeenth
the bank holiday weekend, the garrison of around seventy
men, women and children set themselves up at Goodrich
tents were erected on the encampment, where visitors were
able to observe family life as it would have been over
three hundred years ago. The demonstrations of gunpowder
and candle making and various other period crafts which
took place were entertaining to watch.
fine demonstrations of dancing were also given. Pictured
left, Melanie Lycett-King entertains the crowd, playing
music of the period while entertainers and audience alike
danced around the traditional Maypole. Ribbons on the
Maypole were an invention of the Victorians, it was explained.
demonstrations, involving Pikemen and Musketeers took
place at various times throughout the event, involving
some very loud bangs. Having photographed and watched
the whole show through on Sunday, I returned again on
Monday, taking up a high position on the castle so that
I would not get shot myself and photographed the musketeers
from the front.