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1642 - Events in the First Year of the English Civil War

The Friends of the National Civil War Centre and the Battlefields Trust present a one day conference on 1642, the first year of the Civil War in England. The conference will examine the slide to war, arms and armour and the major battles for that year.


1000 – 1020​ Registration and tea/coffee

1020 – 1030​ Welcome; Housekeeping; Friends and BT – aims & benefits of membership.

1030 – 1130​ The class of ‘42: Generals, command and the descent into war. –  Martyn Bennett

1130 – 1200​ Early contact, Powick Bridge – Kevin Winter

1200 – 1300​ Arms and Armour in the Early Days of the Civil War – Keith Dowen

1300 – 1400​ Lunch in the Magnus Room

1400 – 1500​ Edgehill, First Major Battle of the Civil Wars – John Tincey

1500 – 1600​ Could the King have delivered an early knockout blow? Brentford and Turnham Green – Simon Marsh/Stephen Porter

1600 – 1615​ What happened in Newark in 1642. – Kevin Winter

1615 – 1630​ Closing Remarks and Plans for Next Year


Costs and Booking

The cost including a buffet lunch is £35.

For members of the Battlefields Trust or Friends of the National Civil War Centre there is a reduced cost of £12 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments.

Non-members who join the Friends and pay by standing order will be given a refund and pay only the reduced amount.

To book a place at the Conference please complete the form at the following link and either

Return a printed copy of the form with a cheque for the appropriate amount made payable to:

Friends of the National Civil War Centre

And send it to: 

Friends of the NCWC

National Civil War Centre – Newark Museum

14 Appleton Gate


NG24 1JY

Or pay the Friends electronically with your name as reference:    

Account name:      Newark Museum Friends

Account number:   50314015

Sort code:              05-06-22

And send details of the number of tickets you require and their cost with a copy of the evidence of your payment to: