The English Civil War
Exploration in Context
Departing: Tuesday 22 September 2020
Returning: Monday 28 September 2020
Duration: 7 days
Nothing has imprinted itself so deeply on the nation’s memory as the national civil struggle of the mid-seventeenth century. This captivating tour aims to provide an understanding of the first English Civil War, that raged from 1642 to 1646. Beginning in Oxford, where Charles I established his capital, an introductory presentation will set the scene for the following day's visits.
We will start our investigations at Edgehill, the first major encounter of the war. This will be followed by a visit to Broughton Castle, a fortified manor house besieged and occupied by Royalists following the Battle of Edgehill. Here, we will reflect on sieges, which were an integral part of the struggle. A visit to Chipping Campden will offer the opportunity to consider the struggle from the point of view of a small Cotswold village.
We will visit the sites of many great battles, including Lansdown, Roundway Down, Cheriton and Newbury, and visit Basing House, a fascinating set of ruins which bears witness to the struggle of the Civil War. The tour will finish with an examination of the decisive clash of arms at Naseby, where Parliament's New Model Army changed the face of the conflict.
Our first and final nights will be spent at The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green, a four-star country house hotel housed in an 11th century manor amidst landscaped grounds. We will also spend two nights at The Evesham Hotel, a three-star family-run establishment set in a former farmhouse, and two nights at the three-star Esseborne Manor Hotel, set within the North Wessex Down.
Please note that while we will endeavour to deliver the below itinerary in full, some details may be subject to confirmation.
This tour will be led by Colonel Nick Lipscombe, MSc, FRHistS and Professor Jeremy Black, MA Cantab, PhD Dunelm, FRSA. Nick is an accomplished historian, author and lecturer who served for 34 years with the British Army. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a tutor at Oxford University. Jeremy is a historian and prolific author who specialises in post-1500 military history. He is also Professor of History at the University of Exeter.
- Gain insights into the first English Civil War from Colonel Nick Lipscombe and Professor Jeremy Black
- Discover the sites of great battles including Lansdown and Cheriton
- Visit Basing House, which bears witness to the struggle of the Civil War
ACTIVITY RATING: MEDIUM
Participants should be prepared for a moderate amount of walking, including over uneven and rough ground. A good level of fitness is required for this tour.
Day 1 - Tour assembles 1300 in central Oxford for introductory presentation followed by walking tour. Continue to The Manor Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green for overnight.
Day 2 - Morning: Battle of Edgehill. Afternoon: Broughton Castle. Continue to The Evesham Hotel for two nights.
Day 3 - Morning: St James’s Church, Chipping Campden. Continue to Powick (Powick Bridge). Afternoon: Worcester (Commandery and Fort Royal, cathedral).
Day 4 - Morning: Battle of Lansdown followed by time in Bath. Afternoon: Devizes for Battle of Roundway Down (three positions). Continue to Esseborne Manor Hotel for two nights.
Day 5 - Excursion to Newbury for First Battle of Newbury (three positions) and Second Battle of Newbury, followed by Shaw House and Donnington Castle.
Day 6 - Morning: Battle of Cheriton and Old Basing. Afternoon: Basing House. Overnight at The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green.
Day 7 - Morning: Battle of Naseby. Afternoon: return to Oxford where tour disperses c 1530, via Weston-on-the-Green.
Price per person. Double room for single use supplement £195.
$2,682 - - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in June 2019. Contact the operator for the most up-to-date price information.