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9. Civil War armour and sword

Two pieces of armour found close to the battlefield of Winceby.

These two pieces of armour were joined at one shoulder when found, suggesting it was ripped off in a hurry by its fleeing owner. They were found close to the battlefield of Winceby and probably belonged to one of the fleeing Royalists keen to lighten the weight on his horse. They are rare survivals from an important Civil War battle.

Another major engagement in Lincolnshire during the Civil War was at Gainsborough. Here the Royalists under Cavendish were pushed back by Cromwell’s men, but Royalist forces to the north of the town forced the Parliamentarian army to withdraw towards Lincoln. Cavendish himself was killed near the River Trent and it was in this area that this corroded broadsword was found.  The broadsword has a basket-hilt designed to protect the hand in combat.

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