English Civil War re-enactment groups

Every weekend of the fighting season thousands don buff coats and baldricks to bring the English Civil War to life for the public.

Articles on events I've covered (usually with photos) can be seen here. You can find out where re-enactment groups are appearing at forthcoming venues on the Events page.

The Sealed Knot and the English Civil War Society are the largest re-enactment groups in the UK. They're broken down into regiments, often named after a commanding officer who served during the original conflict. Below are links to the regiments in both organisations plus some other re-enactment groups (including a number overseas):

The Sealed Knot
The English Civil War Society
The Society of the Open Rope
Re-enactment groups outside the UK
Stuart Regalia - a small group re-creating the fashions of the Stuart era and providing an insight into the social and cultural history of the Stuart Age through dress, changes in fashion, accessories and cosmetics.

The Sealed Knot - Army of Parliament:


Cittie of London Brigade:

Midland Association

Northern Association

Western Association

The Sealed Knot - Royalist Army:


  • Prince Rupert's Lifeguard of Horse

King's Tercio:

Jacob Astley's Tercio:

Lord Hopton's Tercio:

Marquess of Newcastle's Tercio:

Prince Palatine’s Tercio:

  • Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of Foote (Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, South Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear, West Yorkshire, Clwyd and Gwynedd)
  • Earl of Northampton's Regiment of Foote (Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Clywd and Gwynedd)
  • Earl Rivers’ Regiment of Foote (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Dyfed, Gwent, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan)
  • Prince Rupert's Blew Regiment of Foote (Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Greater London, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Surrey)
  • Sir Henry Vaughan's Company (Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan)

The Sealed Knot - Army of Ireland and Scotland:

The Sealed Knot - Other:

The English Civil War Society - Roundhead Association:

The English Civil War Society - The King's Army:

The Pike and Musket Society (Australia)
The English Civil War Society of America (USA)
Tattershall Trayned Band (USA)
Gardiner's Company (USA)


  1. You might like to add under "Sealed Knot - Other" the non-partisan Living History Group

    Kate Bunting

  2. The Sealed Knot Living History Group added to the Re-enactment page. Thanks Kate!

  3. Website for Sir George Lisle's Regiment of Foote, Newcastle's Tercio, Sealed Knot Society is at http://www.lisles.guildportal.com

    Cheers Tony Rowland

  4. Cheers Tony - have added the link.

  5. Godolphkns website has moved - its now:


    Andy Spiers, Ensign.
    Sir William Godolphin's Regiment of Foote.

  6. Hi Andy - thanks for the update. Link now changed above. Thanks.

  7. i have loads of costumes for sale, sealed knot ex member doesnt want them so need them sold

  8. Hi Allison - maybe also worth posting on the Forum (see top) too.

  9. In the Sealed Knot, Army of Parliamen, Northern Association, Sir John Gells Company is now Sir John Gell's Regiment of Foot.
    Our website link is http://gells.thesealedknot.org.uk/ and we are based mainly in The Midlands and South Yorkshire.

    Cheers :-)
    Rob Jones ,Sergeant
    Sir John Gells Regiment

  10. Thanks Rob - have amended above.

  11. Col Stephen Hawkins ROF website is now:


  12. Cheers - link to Col Stephen Hawkins ROF updated.

  13. Colonel Edward Montagu his Regiment of Foote link is http://montagus-regiment.org.uk

  14. There has been a massive change in organization for both the Royalist and Parliamentarian armies in the SK. If you email (godolphinspro@gmail.com) I will email you the new organization.



  15. Hello There,

    Just an update on the ECWS website URL.

    It is now www.ecws.org.uk

    happy New Year!


  16. ECWS also have the Baggage Trayne and Hungerford's Horse under RA.

    BTW thank you for spelling Loudoun's correctly doesn't happen often :-)


    1. Cheers Rab - have added these two. Could you send me links to their websites if they have them?

  17. Hi there. The link to the Blew Regiment LTB should be www.blews-ltb.co.uk. We're just in the process of updating it too.

  18. Thanks Wendy - have updated the link.

  19. Open Rope website is not working?

    1. I haven't managed to find a link - if you have one please send it on! Cheers.

  20. Can anyone please tell me who was provost marshal of Lancashire in 1627 to 1628. Thank you

  21. From the ECWS parliamentarians your are missing the Norfolk Trayned Bands form in 1974 and usually the largest regiment on the field every year since then.

  22. Great site. Does anyone know if Henry Bard's foot still exists? Their website doesn't and there is little about them on the SK site. P.S. Bard was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Agra on the orders of Shah Jihan.