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Monday, 14 February 2011

Events: Civil War Commemoration & Return of Original Bell at Weymouth's Old Town Hall

Take a step back in time in Weymouth this weekend as the town’s celebrates its historic links to the Civil War. The event will be held at the Old Town Hall, Weymouth. to commemorate the Battle of Weymouth of 1645 and the Crabchurch Conspiracy and mark the return of the Old Town Hall 'Bell' from Weymouth Museum at Brewers Quay, where it has been kept for several years.

Above: On Saturday 7th February 2009 a spectacular re-enactment took place in commemoration of the Battle of Weymouth and the Crabchurch Conspiracy of 1645. This film shows the performance of the mock trial and execution of the traitors. Dorchester's Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm played the leading role of Colonel William Sydenham and delivered a stunning performance at the Nothe

Programme of Events
  • Saturday 19th February
    11am – Long re-enactment march from Church Ope Cove to Weymouth (Pike And Shot Events Ltd.) 
    8PM – The accoustic DOLMEN perform ‘The Crabchurch Conspiracy’ at The Boot Inn.
    • Sunday 20th February, 2011
    11am: Old Town Hall opens to public for refreshments and small Civil War exhibition.

    12 noon: Re-enactment march arrives at hall (from Sandsfoot) and stays for half an hour. Soldier explains this section of Civil War story and lays wreath.

    1.15pm (approx): Re-enactors march with the original Old Town Hall bell from Brewers Quay. The bell was removed from the hall many years ago. Recently it has resided at the Weymouth museum, they have kindly allowed the bell to return to its original home at the hall.

    2pm (approx): Re-enactors arrive with bell at the Old Town Hall.

    3pm: Hall closed
    Other Civil War Weekend Events taking Place include:

    • Sunday 20th February
    11am– Short re-enactment march from Sandsfoot castle to the Old Town Hall (Pike And Shot Events Ltd.)
    More information: www.weymoutholdtownhall.co.uk and www.thedolmen.com/crabchurch.html

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