The Battle of Birmingham 1642 when the little town of Birmingham was burned to the ground

#Birmingham #GunQuarter where Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) was founded and Brummagem’s #Gun trade began in 1630 as a response to the political and Revolutionary foment and upheaval that England, Scotland and Ireland was undergoing fully 160 years before the supposedly anarchic and Revolutionary French had their rebellion against the excesses of the French monarchy and aristos came to its head with the 1789 French Revolution…..in 1649 in London, the political, economic and Royal centre of Britain.

England’s Parliamentarians, who had won the English Civil War (ECW) at the Battle of Worcester when the King of England Charles I’s heir presumptive and supposed successor Charles II was defeated and vanquished and driven into exile in The Netherlands. Parliament and it’s Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell executed Charles I in Parliament Square in Westminster thereby creating the Protectorate in England……

Birmingham played an important role on the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War providing muskets, swords and cannon for the Parliamentarians and was the site of a battle in 1642 which was really merely a skirmish when Prince Rupert was despatched by the King from the Royalist stronghold of Worcester ( the Royalist “Commandery” still exists as a major attraction for tourists to Worcester today….) to “teach those “Bromwichams” (Brummagems) a lesson for supporting Parliament against the King and supplying them with arms).

Rupert raised the area of Digbeth and Deritend to the ground by setting Fire to it and killing a number of Birmingham folk…..Brummies were not to take this lying down and as the Royalists rode through Birmingham laying waste to the town at Cape Hill to the West of Birmingham on the border with Staffordshire Royalist Commander: The Earl of Denbigh was cut down while exiting the town of Birmingham and riding through the Shireland Brook by a Parliamentarian musketeer in a skirmish……

This antipathy between Birmingham folk and the King and Crown stems from Brummies opposition to the Royalists by taking Parliament’s side in the Civil War and the Battle of Birmingham when the town was burned to the ground by Prince Rupert and his mercenary Royalists

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2 thoughts on “The Battle of Birmingham 1642 when the little town of Birmingham was burned to the ground

  1. Reblogged this on keithbracey and commented:

    The #BattleofBirmingham when Royalist Prince Rupert and #KingCharlesMan laid waste to the little town of Birmingham and razed it to the ground for the town’s support of Parliament against the King.

  2. Pingback: The Battle of Birmingham 1642 when the little town of Birmingham was burned to the ground | keithbracey

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