By Rupert Matthews
The Little ebook of Surrey is a humorous, fast paced, fact-packed compendium of one of these frivolous, exceptional or just unusual details which no-one probably want to be with out.
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One of the strongest of the nobles opposing Henry used to be Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Hereford, who was once nicknamed purple Gilbert as a result of his purple hair. Gilbert owned lands in Surrey, so much significantly the fort at Bletchingley. Henry despatched a strength to seize the fort. After a brief siege and with out prospect of assist in sight, Gilbert’s constable surrendered the citadel. the most strongpoint, a valuable sq. tower of stone, was once pulled down however the earthworks left intact, and a few of those stay to at the present time. The conflict of Guildford, 1497 In 1497 yet one more Scottish raid over the border brought on King Henry VII to settle on an enormous retaliatory assault to punish the Scots and train them to not mess with the English. typically such assaults have been made by way of forces raised in northern England and financed by means of a tax levied within the northern shires – an identical association within the southern counties financed raids and assaults opposed to France. despite the fact that, Henry opted to view the affair as a tremendous conflict and levied a tax on all England. This didn't move down in any respect good within the southern shires, with riots and protests hence. within the West kingdom and Cornwall specifically, issues have been extra critical and via might the Baron Audley used to be best a military of 15,000 armed males out of Somerset in the direction of London. Audley and his males arrived in Guildford early in June. they discovered the royal military encamped at Hounslow, so Audley pitched camp at the downs east of the city whereas sending out messengers urging males from the south-eastern shires to rally to the uprising. On 14 June a strength of 500 royal hobillars – males outfitted as infantry yet given horses to hold them on raids – seemed at Albury Down and attacked the outlying sentries set by means of Audley. The rebels rushed to palms and a struggle ensued over what's now Pewley Down. After a few sharp scuffling with, the royal infantrymen withdrew. The rebels marched on in the direction of London, yet have been defeated in conflict at Deptford on 17 June. King Henry selected to execute merely of the rebels, yet he imposed savage fines at the leisure which not just boosted his royal coffers yet impoverished Cornwall for a iteration. The Siege of Farnham citadel, 1642 whilst the English Civil warfare broke out, the resident garrison of Farnham citadel declared for Parliament. The commander, George Wither, hurriedly all started updating the defences which had visible no significant paintings because the 1490s. He had now not received very a long way whilst a Royalist military below Sir John Denham arrived. Wither and his males fled. Denham then moved in and endured the paintings the place Wither had left off. through December 1642, whilst a brand new Parliamentarian strength arrived, the defences have been a lot greater, even though in no way absolutely modernised. A desultory siege begun, but if Sir William Waller arrived with glossy siege artillery, Denham knew that he couldn't carry out. instead of undergo a bloody attack, Denham negotiated a calm finish to the siege and marched out with honour. Waller had neither the boys nor the will to garrison the fortress, so he blasted a gap in its partitions to make it dead as a castle, then left.