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What happened in Huddersfield in the English Civil War?

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A great deal happened in the West Riding during the Civil War – armed conflicts between Parliamentarians and Royalists between 1642 and 1651 – including the Battle of Adwalton Moor, near Bradford, which in 1643 consolidated Royalist control of Yorkshire.

To unpick Huddersfield’s role, we have turned to ‘Huddersfield – A Most Handsome Town’, which states that the local gentry were, as can be expected, Royalist.

Sir John Kaye of Woodsome was colonel of a cavalry regiment while Sir John Ramsden (1594-1646) was a Royalist colonel.

Further Reading

  • Picture – Period re-enactment at Oakwell Hall, Birstall, by members of the English Civil War Society. Alan Slater as Major Robert Mallory