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Civil war battle at Runcorn's Norton Priory
THE sound of musket and cannon fire will blast through Runcorn at the weekend as the Royalist army lay siege in a civil war battle.
More than 100 soldiers will be clashing in pitched battles at Norton Priory.
There will also be a living history camp in the ruins.
The museum, ruins, gardens and Halton Castle Castle is offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday. as part of an annual heritage day celebration.
Visitors will be able to explore the living history camp and talk to the soldiers as they prepare for battle.
The battle will involve the Godolphin Regiment of Foot (a branch of the sealed knot). Despite being outnumbered by the Royalist troops, the Parliamentarian general, Richard Spiers is confident of victory: He said: “They have cannon, pike and musket but God will protect us at this hallowed place.”
Free shuttle buses will also be operating from the Norton Priory car park taking people up to Halton Castle where there will be tours exploring the history of the castle and local area.
The museum will be open from 10am to 5pm. Activities take place between 11am and 4pm both days.
The main battle will take place at 1.30pm on both days. Entry to the battle is £3 per person.
There is parking, a café, toilets and disabled access at Norton Priory museum. There are narrow paths and uneven ground at Halton Castle. No parking at Halton Castle.
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