(Above) At Powick Bridge a combined Sealed Knot and English Civil War Society muster allowed the assembly of 120 mounted cavalry. Here Hungerford's Regiment of the Roundhead Association, ECWS, ride through the English countryside in buff and steel - a splendid sight, and slightly eerie for 1992.
(Left) Powick Bridge: the commander of Hungerford's Regiment confers with his trumpeter. At Powick Bridge officers did not wear buff leather, but black coats. Like drummers of foot, Civil War cavalry trumpeters were richly clothed at unit expense, often with open hanging or false sleeves. The trumpet banner often bore some element of the commander's heraldic arms.
(Below) Fowick Bridge: Sir William Waller's Lifeguard of Horse, SK, at the canter, followed by dragoons on smaller horses. Note the shoulder pauldrons worn by the centre officer; and "WWH" breastplates on the harness, left foreground.
(Above ) Powick Bridge: an owner-rider in Parliament's ranks, wearing sheepskin under his cuirass both for comfort and to prevent the armour wearing away his buff coat, which has detachable sleeves laced into place.
(Left) Weston Super Mare, SK: the commander (right) of Prince Rupert's Lifeguard of Horse with the cornet - junior troop officer -carrying the unit standard. Each troop of Civil War cavalry had a standard; they were about 2ft. square, usually fringed, and bore a wide variety of designs - religious and political motifs and mottoes were popular. They seem generally to have lacked the identification systems found on infantry company colours.
(Below) Powick Bridge: the commander of Grenville's Horse, King's Army, ECWS, gives the battle cry; the trumpet sounds; and (opposite) the Cavalier charge thunders down on the enemy.
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