Ye Battle of Aylesbury

John Hampden statue in Aylesbury

‘Good and Joyful News out of Buckinghamshire’ – a great day at Kings Head in Aylesbury talking with the John Hampden Society about ‘Ye Battle of Aylesbury 1642’. Often ignored and rarely understood, this Civil War battle was not just a skirmish in the margins. At stake was the race to take London and control of its winter food supply. By the end of the battle, some 247 men lay dead around the ford at Holman’s Bridge.

The King's Head in Aylesbury

The King’s Head is an extraordinary inn, owned by the National Trust and run by Chiltern Brewery, it is a ‘hidden gem’ dating back to 1445, complete with cobbled yard, gatehouse, great hall and priest hole. Visited by Henry VI and VIII, they still have a chair said to have been used by Oliver Cromwell – probably when he stayed and received the thanks of Parliament after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

The yard of the King's Head in Aylesbury

For those with an interest in the Civil War, or simply a love of historical fiction, ‘God’s Vindictive Wrath’ includes an account of the Battle of Aylesbury, as well as the battles of Edgehill and Brentford. There are more signed copies in Waterstones Aylesbury, as well as copies at Bucks Libraries. Thanks all for a very good visit and enjoy!

Charles Cordell signing copies off God's Vindictive Wrath in Waterstones Aylesbury

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