Great Chalfield Manor – Historic Country House in Wiltshire

It would be difficult to find a more beautiful medieval manor house in England than Great Chalfield. Set in the tranquil Wiltshire countryside and with seven acres of gardens, this ancient house has survived the five centuries since its building and appears much as it did in the 1470's, when it was commissioned for the Wiltshire landowner Thomas Tropenell.

 

ENGLISH CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT EVENT

 

 

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August 2017

Saturday from 10am - 5pm and Sunday 10am - 4.30pm

  
Admission £5 for Adults, 16 years and under go free.

 

 

Re-enactment  The Marquess of Winchester’s Regiment of the English Civil War Society will re-enact the two-day Royalist occupation of the manor house in 1644.  The Regiment and accompanying civilians will march in at the start of each day and guards will be posted to keep watch.  The regiment will drill and fire muskets and cannon during the day.

In tents, in the garden, civilians will show and tell you how people lived in the seventeenth century (Living History). 
A clerk will be set up in the Great Hall to replicate the writing of the accounts of September 1644.  The Chaplain and officers will also recreate various activities in the adjoining parish church and around the manor.

During the afternoon a small Parliamentarian patrol will be driven off in a sharp skirmish in the Orchard to the rear of the manor.  Any prisoners taken will be tried and then marched off under escort.

“It’s actually bringing history to life; you can really smell gun powder, hear the noise, and for children it gives them a sense of actually being there and makes history more interesting” (visitor comment 2016)

Admission charges for adults including National Trust members at this event contribute to maintenance and development of the Arts & Crafts gardens at Great Chalfield.    

Evensong will be in All Saints’ Parish Church at 6:00 pm on 6 August.

 

 

'Guide Dogs' only, please.

 

 

 
 

Great Chalfield Manor, Great Chalfield, nr. Melksham, Wiltshire. SN12 8NH - Tel: 01225 782 239