Captain Pouch’s Dream

Captain Pouch’s Dream is a play written by local author Len Holden and is based on real historical events which took place in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire in 1607.

Performances will take place on:

  • Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June 2017 at The Stable Yard, Cotesbach, Lutterworth
  • Saturday 17th June 2017 at the Village Hall, Geddington, Corby.

In 1607 a series of riots led by John Reynolds, known as ‘Captain Pouch,’ exploded across three counties. The cause was the enclosure of land which resulted in many people being evicted from their homes and losing their land and animals. ‘Pouch’ was a charismatic and strange figure who inspired the angry peasants to take things into their own hands by digging up the hedges and throwing down the fences which the new landowners had erected. The riots affected many local villages such as Cotesbach, Haselbech and Withybrook and culminated in a huge battle at Newton, Northamptonshire in which over 50 people were massacred.

More information from: Cotesbach Educational Trust

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