English Civil War

Meet at the Honorable Artillery Company in London for Pike and Musket drill. After lunch drive to York.

The siege of York and the Battle of Marston Moor. The battle of Marston Moor is believed to have been the largest battle ever fought on English soil. In just a couple of hours the fate of York and control of the North was decided, the royalist Northern army was effectively destroyed, and Prince Rupert and the royalist cavalry lost their reputation as an invincible force. But perhaps most importantly in the long term, the Eastern Association forces prevailed under Oliver Cromwell, making his name as great commander and showing how a well-equipped, trained and committed parliamentarian army could win the war.   

Siege of Newark and the English Civil War center

Drive to the Battle of Naseby site where the Roundhead army routed the Royalists, leading to Parliament’s final victory, putting King Charles I in a position from which he would never regain the trust of his people – which, in turn, would eventually lead to his execution and Britain’s brief experiment with republicanism

Drive to London Houses of Parliament and Banqueting House in Whitehall, famous as the site of the execution of King Charles I. On 30 January 1649, many spectators gathered to watch the beheading on the balcony of Banqueting House. A service is held at the Banqueting House every year in January to commemorate this event and visitors can still see the scaffold stage on which the monarch died.

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