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In pictures: The Last Battle – Stories from the Streets of 1715 in Light, Sound and Performance

Posted on - 16th November, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, History, Preston City Centre, Preston History, Preston Minster, Reviews
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Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Some unusual and spectacular sights and sounds prevailed in Church Street, Preston on Sunday evening of 15 November 2015. To commemorate The Last Battle of England due to the Jacobite uprising which took place in Preston. 300 years ago the last battle on English soil took place. In November 1715, Jacobite and Government armies fought on the streets of Preston, building barricades and setting fire to buildings.

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This free event was hosted by ‘They Eat Culture‘, an organisation with a direct creative intervention into the cultural life of Preston and developed alongside Lancashire Archives and Cultural Services, local historical societies and community and cultural organisations.

“Great night in Church Street Preston tonight. Re-enactments, music, theatre, and no rain!”

Karen Anne Doyle of the Preston Historical Society was there to witness the spectacular event and to take photographs to record the re-enactment of the battle which took place in Church Street, Preston. Karen remarked on the powerful visual effects and how well the event was organised: “The atmosphere was quite electric and you could feel the tension of what the Prestonians of that time in 1715 must have experienced.

“I was immensely impressed in the way that it had all been put together and to witness it all in such an incredible re-enactment was truly marvellous!”

“The way in which the stories were told and the singing performances were all excellent family entertainment and gave a real insight into the historical proceedings of the battle and how it must have been for the townspeople”.

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Karen Anne Doyle

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Peter Gilroy Wilkinson

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: Peter Gilroy Wilkinson

And, more pictures from PR1 Media Productions

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Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire - 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Re-enactment on Chuch Street, Preston, Lancashire – 1715 Last Battle on English Soil Pic: PR1 Media Productions

Don’t forget: There are still a few events taking place concerning the 1715 Battle of Preston:

Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 November 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Reflections on Rebellion – History, Myth and the Jacobites
Talks and debate with historians from UCLan
The Harris, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP
No charge

Sunday 21 November 9.30am – 4.00pm
The Jacobite Rising of 1715 Study Day
University of Central Lancashire
£10.00

Monday 7 December 7.15pm
The Battle of Preston 1715 – The Build Up to the Battle and the Aftermath
Talk by Dr Bill Shannon
Preston Historical Society
Preston Minster, Church Street, Preston PR1 3BU
Members free: Visitors £3.00

Did you go to see this? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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