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The Stuarts

Meeting Details

Meeting Day4th Tuesday
Time10.00 (from 9.30 Refreshments)
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Terry McIntee

What we do

When you read this the First Elizabethans will have been going for two years! It has been suggested that we should continue to meet as a group but begin to explore another period of history.

If you enjoy investigating our amazing past, do come along and add your two-penn’orth. You would be most welcome.


May 2018

Britain, In the 17th century, was still experiencing the Little Ice Age. (see Ian Mortimer’s ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain’) Thinking of the winter we’ve just had you might think we’re still in the midst of it! But, whatever the weather, you’re assured of a warm welcome at our group meetings. Come and join us to discuss, question, and learn about this fascinating period.


May 22 ‘The Civil Wars,’ (contributions from Members and general discussion)

June 26 ‘The Stuart Succession,’ (Mary Christian)

No meetings July and August

Sept 25 ‘The Glorious Revolution,’ (Helen Pollard)


November 2017

There have been many complaints about the depiction of torture and horrific executions in the BBC's production 'Gunpowder.' but they are based on historical fact. Sadly, such stomach-churning events really did take place. It was a cruel and violent time.

Luckily, there are plenty of other subjects to interest us in this period, as you can see from our programme.

In September Jackie and Stuart Hinton presented 'Samuel Pepys'.

In October Helen Pollard told us about 'Painted Ladies,' stories of Charles II's 'ladies' told with reference to their portraits. And, when you read this,   Mary Christian will have given the November presentation 'Charles II's Other Women - Queens and Princesses.' Thank you all for the continuing high standard of these interesting presentations.

Our programme for the first third of next year, 2018, is as follows:

Jan 23 A Mixed Bag to include The Jacobite Claim to the Throne; John Evelyn; Stephen Fox; 17th Century Artillery.

Feb 27 The Siege of Colchester (Terry McIntee)

March 27 Robert Hook (Jackie Hinton)

April 24 Music and the Stuart Monarchs (Helen Pollard)

If any of this interests you, do come along. You will be made most welcome.

July 2017

We continue to be amazed, surprised, and occasionally horrified, by this fascinating period.

In May, Mary Christian presented 'The Royal African Company - The Stuarts and the Slave Trade.' Thanks Mary. Unfortunately I could not be at that Meeting, so thanks also to Jackie for covering.

Our June meeting was an exciting mixed bag -

'The Murder of Sir Thomas Overbury' - Helen Pollard

'Lady Ann Clifford' - Jackie Hinton

'Massacre at Glencoe' - Stuart Hinton

'The Siege of Lathom House in the Civil War' - Lynda Bond

This was a very successful Meeting. Thanks to all involved.


26 Sept: 'Samuel Pepys,' presented by Jackie and Stuart Hinton;

24 Oct: 'Painted Ladies,' presented by Helen Pollard;

28 Nov: 'Charles II's Other Women - Queens and Princesses,' presented by Mary Christian.

No Meeting in December

If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more, give me a ring - or just turn up on the day.


March 2017

Religious tensions, a Civil War, the execution of a King! (And you think we've got problems!) This is a truly amazing period of our history. At each Meeting someone introduces a topic, which is then thrown open for discussion.

Interested? Join us. You will be made most welcome.

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