Battle of Coleford, English Civil War

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Address:

Traffic Island

Town Centre

Coleford, Gloucestershire

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Unknown Unknown
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • English Civil Wars (1642-1651)
About the memorial: It is set in the pavings on the lower level of the traffic island which also houses the World War memorials
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Battle of Coleford / 20th February 1643 / This plaque was presented in / February 2010 by the Sealed Knot Society / to commemorate those in this town who / fought and died for their beliefs on the / day of the battle. // Early in

1643 Welsh / Royalists raised an army to / support King Charles 1 and / invaded the strongly / Parliamentarian Forest of / Dean. Their objective was / Gloucester, but first they / had to eliminate Colonel / Berrows' embryonic / Parliamentarian regiment / forming at Coleford. / Approaching from / Monmouth the attack was led / by dragoons commanded by / Sir Richard Lawdley. / The Royalists met rough / barricades in the streets and / were fired upon by musketeers / deployed in the houses. / Troops on both sides were / untried amateurs and overall / casualties were low, but some of the local / foresters were marksmen and / Lawdley was killed / in the action./ Eventually the greatly outnumbered defenders were / driven from the town and / dispersed in the forest. / The Royalists' short-lived / 'Mushroom Army' was / destroyed one month later / at Highnam.

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