Introduction to the Taunton Garrison

Thank you for visiting the Taunton Garrison website. If you have not heard of us before let me tell you a bit about the group and our role around the historic West Country. We focus our timescale to include The Spanish Armada of 1588, the English Civil War 1642-1651 and the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.

The group was originally formed by Paul Hockey around 1996 with small scale events in the Taunton area. In 1999 the group had its big break when we were offered the chance to hold a weekend event at Barrington Court, a spectacular National Trust venue near Ilminster in Somerset. This was a great success; the first of many.

In 2000 we decided to expand our historical range to include another period of great interest in West Country, the Monmouth Rebellion. Therefore, taking on the identity of the Somerset Militia of 1685 together with the inclusion of various rebel identities such as Col. Bovet's Blue Regiment from Taunton. We have since performed at some very good venues, such as Taunton Castle, The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Dunster Castle, Dillington House, Lyme Regis and Hestercombe House and many more. In 2006 we appeared on Channel 4's Time Team - Big Royal Dig at Buckingham Palace!

Beginning in 2011 we have again expanded our capabilities to include the late Elizabethan period.

With the continued commitment from the Taunton Garrison membership, we have maintained an excellent standard of display and event format.

As a re-enactment group, we can offer a wide range of entertainment to the public and each event is tailor-made to the sponsor's requirements.