Lyme Park echoes to the sound of marching feet

The 33rd Regiment of Foot will be in action on Sunday 26 January © K McFarlane

The 33rd Regiment of Foot will be in action on Sunday 26 January

Latest update 21.01.2014 11:36

Sat 25 – Sun 26 January, 11am – 3pm.

Lyme Park will echo to the sound of marching feet this weekend as members of His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot visit as part of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

In the book, officer George Wickham, based with his unit in Brighton, elopes with the Bennett’s youngest daughter, Lydia to the consternation of her family and society, as Caroline Heap, Lyme’s Visitor Experience Officer explains: 'Brighton was a town well known for the adventures and shenanigans of the off duty sailors and militia in the early 19th century. As the home of the Prince Regent it was the target for a potential invasion by the French – so consequently there was a large military presence there'. 

The 33rd

Katie McFarlane, spokesperson for His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot says: 'We are a re-enactment group modelled on a standard battalion company of a line regiment of infantry during the period 1812–1816. We represent an ordinary company of red-coated line infantry, and emphasis is placed on the life of the ordinary rank and file - the private soldier – who made up the backbone of the army. Richard Sharpe, made famous by Sean Bean in the long-running TV series and popular books, 'served' in the 33rd.'

You can see the Regiment in action at Lyme this Sunday, 26 January. The day before, an officer from the Regiment will be at Lyme to explain what life was like for an ordinary soldier during the early 18th century.

The Only Way is Pemberley exhibition

Also on display will be costumes from the 1995 BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth, including his famous ’wet shirt’, and you can follow a special ‘Pemberley Trail’ across the estate which looks at the locations used at Lyme, which featured as Pemberley in the series.