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 The #ECWtravelogue took the opportunity to have a sneaky look at places of interest in Cambridge under the pretence of taking offspring #3 to look around the University. Charles I Dominion of The Seas medal, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge was very firmly in the area loyal to Parliament, it was in fact the heartland, and headquarters of the Eastern Association.  In 1643, Oliver Cromwell was made governor of the town. The town's existing castle was fortified and earthworks were thrown up around the town. The King's men came within a few miles but never threatened the town. Other than being a garrison town, and the rambunctious behaviour of the soldiers, the wars passed the town peacefully by.  On 3 January, 1644 the iconoclast William Dowsing and his troops destroy fourteen ‘superstitious pictures’ in the  Round Church . However, the carved wooden angels on the ceiling survive the ordeal intact. What's There Now? The medieval castle is long gone, but the castle mound still ex

Houses of Interest: Lancashire

Whilst writing the Prince Rupert travelogue I became aware of a number of houses which had some link to the Civil Wars, but were not tied to Rupert's advance north. Nor could they claim a close connection to a particular battle, such as Bolling House's role in Adwalton Moor . In this series you'll find houses that didn't fit the Rupert narrative very well; were closed to the public at the time of writing Rupert; or, I hadn't known about a Civil Wars connection. I propose to write one entry per county, and will update each entry as I expand my visits. I will change the date stamps of updated entries so subscribers (hello both of you) will be informed of updates. Initially I will look at the counties most local to Château KeepYourPowderDry - Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire. And so we turn to Lancashire... One such house is Hoghton (pronounced Horton) Tower an Elizabethan fortified manor house. Strong connections to James I who stayed for three d

Lord Grey of Groby's Regiment of Horse

 Lord Grey of Groby's Regiment of Horse was initially raised in Leicester as a troop that served in Sir William Balfour’s Regiment of Horse at Edgehill. As it became apparent that the war would be a protracted affair Grey's troop leaves Sir William Balfour’s Regiment of Horse for service under Lord Grey in the Midlands. Now elevated to a Regiment in their own right they fought at First Newbury, skirmished  at Nottingham, besieged Newark, skirmished at Hinckley, stormed Muskham Bridge, fought at the Battle of Cotes Bridge, Newark, Selby, were possibly at the Battle of Ormskirk, and possibly besieged at Leicester. A handful of headswaps, and interestingly my randomisation of figures (aka throwing loads of figures in a pile and pulling out the correct number) has resulted in a sword heavy unit. I quite like it. Plus a mounted casualty figure. Cornet as always from Maverick Models. If you enjoyed reading this, or any of the other posts, please co

Houses of Interest: Staffordshire

The continuing ECW Travelogue miniseries looking at houses/churches and places that have a Civil-War-connection-but-not-tied-to-a-bigger-event continues, this time focusing on Staffordshire. For some reason, rather than looking at the bit of Staffs that is a hop skip and a jump from Château KeepYourPowderDry I've started with the corner of Staffs that is furthest away. The first entries look at the escape of Charles II after the Battle of Worcester. First up is Moseley Old Hall  on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, and is cared for by the National Trust. Moseley bills itself as "the home that saved a king" - considering the number of close calls that Charles had during his escape, this isn't really the unique selling point that you might expect it to be. I do wonder how many other houses, along the Monarch's Way could also make that claim? Built about 1600, the National Trust have recreated a seventeenth century garden on the estate. A rather splendid kno