Ex­plore The story of The failed mon­mouth re­bel­lion in a me­dieval som­er­set church

History of War - - MUSEUMS & EVENTS -

The Bat­tle of Sedge­moor was fought on 6 July 1685 in Som­er­set and was the last en­gage­ment of the Mon­mouth Re­bel­lion. James Scott,

Duke of Mon­mouth was the il­le­git­i­mate son of Charles II but still be­lieved he had a right to the throne and at­tempted to seize the crown from his un­cle James II. The re­bel­lion soon fal­tered, and Sedge­moor was the last pitched bat­tle fought on English soil. Mon­mouth was de­feated, cap­tured and ex­e­cuted, while many of his sup­port­ers were tried in the no­to­ri­ous ‘Bloody As­sizes’, which was over­seen by the in­fa­mous Judge Jef­freys.

For any­body vis­it­ing Som­er­set with an in­ter­est in mil­i­tary or royal his­tory, the Bat­tle of Sedge­moor Visi­tor Cen­tre is a small but fas­ci­nat­ing venue with free ad­mis­sion. It is lo­cated in the vil­lage of We­ston­zoy­land in­side the 13th-cen­tury church of St Mary’s, which is near the bat­tle­field. Ac­counts of the bat­tle from 1685 were recorded in the parish reg­is­ter and church­war­den’s ac­count book, so the church is an ideal lo­ca­tion to tell the bat­tle’s story.

There are graphic dis­plays, touch screens and wall-mounted videos that tell the com­plete story of Sedge­moor, as well as static dis­plays of cos­tumes and weapons. The visi­tor cen­tre is open dur­ing nor­mal church hours and can be made avail­able to larger groups by ap­point­ment only.

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