WEA LogoThe WEA runs Spring and Autumn term adult education courses in Great Maplestead Village Hall.

The Maplesteads' WEA Autumn 2018 course starts on the 17th September 2018, when potential participants will be invited to attend a course overview of the English Civil War and meet the tutor Simon Doney.

This first free introductory session commences at 6.30pm, with complimentary wine and refreshments. The subsequent six 2-hour sessions (with mid-session coffee breaks) start at an earlier time than previous courses: 7.00pm. The cost of the full course is £51.10

The Civil Wars of 1642-49 were the result of serious conflict between Parliament and the Crown, with terrible battles between the Roundheads and Cavaliers, which saw this country suffering political division and profound religious change that fundamentally altered the course of its history.

This course, entitled The World Turned Upside Down, examines the reasons behind, and the consequences of, the Civil Wars, which affected the three Stuart kingdoms of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

The course will also investigate the common people’s experiences of the wars, explore the reasons why Parliament won and identify why the King was brought to trial and executed.

Charles I  Naseby  Cromwell 
 Charles I  The Battle of Naseby  Oliver Cromwell


The sessions will:

  • give an account of the main developments of the wars, including the military successes and failures, the religious reforms and the people’s experience of war
  • evaluate the reasons why Parliament won the first and second civil wars
  • identify the key reasons why King was brought to trial and executed in 1649

Suggested reading, which will also be available to borrow from the Village Hall during this course, will be listed here shortly.


For further information please contact the Maplesteads' WEA Secretary, Jean Bowers