John Bright's Regiment of Foote

What we do

If you're interested in joining us, you'll be made most welcome. We are always happy to welcome new people into our regiment. It’s very sociable and although it can be tiring, there’s nothing quite like it for getting away from the rigours of daily life!

You must enjoy camping as in essence that’s what we’re doing for the weekends. We visit some fabulous historic locations all over the country.  Children and pets are more tha welcome although children under the age of 14 aren’t allowed on to the battle field.

King or Parliament?
Nobody is worried; we do it for the love of it. (We do actually fight for Parliament, or if you like ‘The Round Heads’) 
 

Musket

Musketeer

As is self-evident by the name, a musketeer fires a musket. This is typically a matchlock musket, but flintlock muskets are, and were used. Historically the musket was seen as a tool and as such wouldn’t have been used by a gentleman.  (But is a lot of fun!)

Pike

Pikeman

Known as ‘Gentlemen of the Pike’ as the Pike was thought of as a noble weapon. The Pike is fashioned out ‘ash’ wood to a length of sixteen to eighteen feet, and for our purposes a ‘not-so-sharp’ point. The pike was primarily a defensive weapon as a defence against horse.

 

Artilleryman

Artilleryman

 Being prepaired and about to go 'BANG' and what a bang! This is our gun known as 'Thor'and as an artilleryman you are involved in the loading, cleaning out and the firing of Thor.

Ensign

Ensign

 The ensign has the privilege of carrying the Regiment’s colours. He or she is a junior officer in the regiment and historically would have been a gentleman and as such would have worn expensive clothes to show off his wealth, as did all officers. 

Drummers

Drummers
 
Drummers communicate the orders to everyone. In the heat and noise of battle voice commands can’t always be heard. The drums can be heard above the noise.
 

Water Carriers

Water Carriers

Water carriers, although not completely historically accurate, play an invaluable role for us. As you can imagine, it gets very hot and exhausting on the battle field, and water carriers are in the midst of the battles supply the troops with water. Water carriers are often our first aiders.

 

Officers

Officers