On the outbreak of the Civil War between King Charles Ist and the Parliament, the inhabitants of the town of Basingstoke appear to have generally shown themselves in favour of the latter. At Basing House, on the contrary, the magnificent abode of the fifth Marquess of Winchester became a centre towards which Royalists of all classes were attracted as a stronghold and refuge when driven from places of less security. The Siege of Basing House by the Parliamentary forces, extending over two years, is one of the most stirring chapters in English History.
This weekend we aim to explore some aspects of this period of Basing’s history with a small military encampment with accompanying civilian activities. A short skirmish is also planned.