• Main battle
  • Musket fire
  • Troops marching
  • Main battle
  • Living history encampment
  • First assault of house
  • Troops after battle
  • Storming the barn

The 1664 siege of Basing House was brought to life over Easter weekend by re-enactment society the Sealed Knot.

Nearly 1000 visitors experienced the excitement of a gripping English Civil War re-enactment, as rival armies assembled in full period costume before they marched towards the stunning Tudor Great Barn. Cannon fire, muskets, pikes and drums created a dramatic atmosphere in bringing to life the siege of Basing House, which is operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT).

Visitors across the weekend also experienced what life was like during the Civil War by visiting the living history encampment, which had displays of cookery, wood turning and spinning. The main battle re-enactment was where visitors encountered the sights and sounds of the Civil War that resembled the 1664 siege.

 “The three day annual event is one of the highlights of the year at Basing House and allows people to relive and experience a key battle in the Civil War. The weekend was a huge success as people soaked up the sun to watch the Sealed Knot, we are looking forward to welcoming them back again next year,” commented Cathy Hakes, Museum Director for Milestones Museum and Basing House at HCT.