Our own area is steeped in the English Civil War
The City of Hull has the
Chamber (which is a room within The White Harte public house in Silver Street).
Here, those in favour of rule by Parliament, decided what they would do as King
approached the City
Accordingly Hull was the first place to
defy King Charles I and Lord Hotham was encouraged by his fellow plotters to
deny Charles entry to the City (the Arsenal was inside the gates and was a key
King Charles needed the arms but could only be
allowed into the walls of the City alone - without his soldiers. He did not trust this suggestion
and so a 'stand off' ensued resulting in the first English Civil War.
This is sometimes disputed by Nottingham
who say they were the first to stand up to the King but Hull stands firm !
Just a little further north of Hull lies
York - and the nearby village of
Just 40 minutes car journey away from Hull
is the city of York and Prince Rupert famously rode to the outskirts and
fought for the Royalist Cause. Just further on from that the
Battle of Marston Moor took place in the evening of 2nd July 1644.
The village of
Long Marston has a memorial to all participants in the
Battle of Marston Moor and every year the local people dress
up in costume and gather there to remember the dead on both sides and place flowers on the
On the 350th Anniversary in 1994 we stayed
for the weekend and took part in the local remembrances - and re-enactments -
and have many photos to show you. The main battle was reproduced at Ripley
Castle to protect the farmers fields and countryside (most of the landmarks are
unchanged from the 17th century) but then the Civil War Society and the
Sealed Knot and followers all gathered in the evening light to sing hymns and
think of those who gave their lives for democracy.
Hull also had marching and re-enacted battles - the
Battle of Beverley was performed on Queens Gardens in Hull !