English Civil War Society Siege of Brampton Bryan Castle
Dates: 12th August 2017 - 13th August 2017
Re-enactment of the 1643 Siege of Brampton Bryan, when Lady Brilliana Harley defended her castle against the forces of Sir William Vavasour.
The ECWS descend on Brampton Bryan with their biggest performance yet! Over 100 re-enactors, a village of 20 living history tents, horses and cavalry, demonstrations and learning about history for children, as well as watching the siege of the replica castle, at 12 noon and 3pm each day. The first original siege of Brampton Bryan Castle took place from 26th July - September 9th 1643, when the castle was bravely defended by Lady Brilliana Harley. She then died just after 9th October 1643.
The King's forces returned to take Hopton castle in February 1644, and Brampton Bryan Castle finally surrendered on 17th April 1644. 67 prisoners were taken, including the three Harley children, Dorothie, Margaret and Elizabeth, (aged 13, 12 and 9 years old respectively), to Ludlow Castle and then to Shrewsbury, and some to Chester Castle. They were freed a year later when Shrewsbury fell to the Roundheads on 22nd February, 1645.