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Monday, 7 May 2012

The Five Musketeers

Today is Bank Holiday Monday here in England and that is often a time when people go out to see various shows and spectacles. One such event is an "open day" at Newton Hall, 2 miles south of Ashton. There was also an open day yesterday (Sunday).

There was a photo of Newton Hall here on this blog, three weeks ago. An archaeological dig has been taking place in the grounds of the hall over those weeks and the "open days" mark the end of this dig. Apart from members of the public being able to inspect the archaeologists' trenches and the various finds that have been uncovered, members of a re-enactment group, Colonel Montagu's Regiment of Foote, were there to present living history and drill displays, acting in character throughout the two days.

The photo shows the five musketeers firing their muskets, which made quite a loud noise, although not as loud as the canon that was also fired at times during the two days. There was actually a reasonably-sized crowd watching the drill display, but there are all standing out of view to my right and left!

Photos of the dig in progress, and some of the finds uncovered, can be seen in this album.

See Google Street View of this location.

"The Five Musketeers" is my contribution to this week's "My World" feature. Please check out the other blogs participating in this week's My World.


  1. Great photo of the enactment!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  2. Wonderful journey through time.

    Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

  3. Great pics. I have pictures of the beach to share this week.

  4. I wouldn't mind seeing this spectacle! If it were only for the costumes, it would be worth it! Thanks for sharing what you did on Bank Holiday")

  5. I would love to have been taking part in the "dig" and finding out if any new information has been gleaned.
    The re-enactment looks interesting, too, although I'm not partial to loud noises.

  6. I certainly hope they were all standing well out of range of those muskets. An entertaining show on a holiday in May.

  7. I'm thinking it would be amazing to see what was discovered in the archaeological dig. Interesting post and great picture!

  8. Black Jack's Carol - I have updated the blog post to include a link to an album that shows photos of the dig in progress and some of the finds uncovered: http://www.photobucket.com/newtonhall

  9. I popped down Sunday afternoon and it was great to see the dig and the Regiment - took a few photos which I'll be publishing in due course. Gay Jean showed me your album so I'll do a link to them when I publish my dig photos. The cannon wasn't TOO noisy.


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