SIEGE OF GLOUCESTER
The Siege of Gloucester, in the English Civil War took place from 10 August – 5th September 1643, between the defending parliamentarian garrison of Gloucester and the besieging army of King Charles 1.
The siege was ended by the relieving 15,000 strong parliamentarian army led by The earl of Essex. The royalist forces withdrew after heavy casualties. By the end of the siege, the city had only three barrels of gunpowder left for its defence.
When Charles 11 returned to the throne in 1660, he punished Gloucester by having its city walls torn down. The king also reduced the city by moving Barton outside the city limits and not under the control of the Gloucester mayor. Barton elected a mock mayor to poke fun at Gloucester.
Gloucester Day – organised by the city’s very own town crier Alan Myatt – commemorates these events with parades, and a Mock Mayor making ceremony. Throughout the day the city streets are filled with stalls, stages, live music, dance and frivolity.
TIMETABLE OF THE DAY
11AM – MOCK MAYOR OF BARTON PARADE
This intentionally comical parade is filled with larger than life Gloucester characters, traditional entertainers music and above all fun. The new Mock mayor of Barton is transported through the streets in an unusual mode of transport before taking part in the Mock Mayor making ceremony in front of the real mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester.
The parade starts in Eastgate Street, close to Boots, travels up to the cross, continues down Westgate Street. Turns right into St Johns Lane to Northgate Street before passing The Cross where the mock mayor making ceremony takes place on Southgate Street
12noon – Thanksgiving service
Gloucester Day Thanksgiving service will take place at Brunswick Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend this free service.
2pm Gloucester Day Parade
The 2nd parade of the day is a far more formal affair – involving hundreds of participants led by the Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester. The parade is the finest example of community cohesion in the city today with hundreds of people, young and old, represent their own social or community groups, parading to show their pride for their city. Interspersed with the most musical bands
The parade departs from Constitution walk ( behind the city museum) turn left into Eastgate Street, travels up to the cross and down Westgate street before turning right into college green. The procession then makes its way into Northgate Street, via St Johns Lane and up to the cross before continuing down Southgate Street to Brunswick Baptist Church.
All children must be accompanied by an adult
This event has suitable wheelchair access