#Parliament versus #TheKing in the #BattleofBirmingham during the #EnglishCivilWar Royalist #PrinceRupert laid waste to #Birmingham in 1642
By the early part of the 17th century Birmingham resembled a large sprawling smith’s village. Aided by the abundance of nearby sources of coal and iron ore, many metal workers set up small foundries and workshops in#Birmingham
Birmingham was an important manufacturing town with a reputation for producing small arms, and the village’s trade stretched far and wide. In 1637 a London cutler protested against the import of ‘Bromedgham blades’ which were often made of similar standard but at a lower cost.
Unlike nearby towns such as Tamworth, Dudley, Hartlebury, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Burton and Lichfield Birmingham had little or no military defences.
In 1642 unrest between the Royalist (Worcestershire) and the Parliamentarians (Warwickshire) led to many small battles and skirmishes taking place in the surrounding countryside. The allegiances…
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