Houses of Interest: Norfolk
The 'hostilities' bit of the Civil Wars pretty much passed the County of Norfolk by: not a great deal of fighting happened here. Norfolk's role was primarily as a recruiting ground, and bank roller of the Eastern Association. That's not to say that 'nothing' happened here, or that the county was solely for Parliament's cause.
Norwich's defences were bolstered, and a small garrison was established. Conesford, St Giles, Pockthorpe and St Augustine’s Gates were all blocked as part of these precautions. The gates have long been demolished but a number of markers exist documenting their locations.
The best way to locate the walls, and gates is by downloading the walls trail leaflet here.
Norwich Cathedral was damaged by an anti-Papist mob, and was later used as barracks.
Not all of Norfolk was for the Parliamentarian cause. In March 1643, Oliver Cromwell was sent to King's Lynn to investigate rumours of a Royalist conspiracy. These rumours were unfounded, but just a few months later there was a Royalist coup and Sir Hamon L’Estrange was installed as governor. Initially Parliament's response was underwhelming: a fleet commanded by Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, was sent into The Wash to cut the town off from the sea. Manchester initially decided that a blockade would suffice.
|panoramic shot of the earthworks: the path is on the top of the earthworks, the ditch is now the water course|
Great Yarmouth had a large garrison after the Second Civil War. The town's MP, Miles Corbet being the last of the fifty nine signatories of Charles's death warrant. He lived at 68 Market Place. After the Restoration, Miles fled to the Netherlands. He would be kidnapped and returned to England where he was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on 19 April 1662.
Postcodes for SatNavs
Marriotts' Warehouse, South Quay, King's Lynn PE30 5DT
Red Mount Chapel/The Walks, South St, King's Lynn PE30 5ER