1st Foot Guards (1815)
The First Foot Guards Living History and Re-enactment Unit portrays Wellington’s Foot Guards at the time of Waterloo.
Drill practise takes place throughout the year on the first Sunday of each month at Dover Castle in Kent from 10:00 ‘til 13:00. Exceptions from this rule include those months when the unit is engaged at an event elsewhere or when there is a special English Heritage event taking place at the castle.
The castle was home to many soldiers during the Napoleonic wars and at that time much alteration was made to the buildings; in fact historians of the medieval period still consider many of these changes as wanton vandalism. Curtain wall towers were levelled and in-filled, the curtain wall was ramped with earth, the slopes around the castle were re-scarped, a new entrance was created closer to the town than Constable’s gate, the medieval tunnels were redesigned and, due to the demand for troop accommodation, the cliff casemates were excavated.
Should you meet us during a visit to the castle, feel free to ask us about the unit or our period in history.
Booking and Arranging Visits
Visits to schools or voluntary organisations such as Scouts or Guides are always welcome.
If you are planning an event and you would like to have a fully functioning period camp with Napoleonic soldiers, surgeon and ladies of the period to add colour and excitement please contact us for a brochure. (See 'Join/Contact Us' Page)
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