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Significant Places in the Civil Wars

The Civil Wars affected every locality in England and Wales, but some communities were more divided and war-torn than others. The castles, towns, villages and manor houses of England and Wales hosted garrisons, prisons, hospitals and billets for the rival armies.

Civil War Petitions contains the records of how the Wars touched the people of those places. It shows how welfare was administered in different localities, and which areas had the largest numbers of claimants.

Search for a particular place name to discover if royalist or parliamentarian pensioners resided there. See how far away they lived from their local court of Quarter Sessions where they were required to appear to receive payments. See which counties offered the most generous welfare, and which were the most overburdened.

This page is currently still under development. A different layout and more complex search functions (including a map view of all locations) will be available in due course.

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Allegiance and the Art of Survival: Colonel Henry Farr

In the late summer of 1642, as civil war in England became ever more likely, people at all social levels…

Face to Face with a Maimed Soldier: Captain Richard Vaughan

As with so many historical figures who were not of the social elite, the maimed soldiers and widows whose petitions…

Katherine de Luke: Widow, Petitioner, and Royalist Agent

When we encounter women petitioners from the Civil Wars, they all-too often appear simply as victims of conflict. Narrations of…

Echoes of a Massacre: The Petition of Bridget Rumney

The massacre of the royalist camp-followers in Farndon Field following the battle of Naseby was one of the most notorious…

Prisoners of war: the lowest priority

The plight and place in diplomatic relations of prisoners of war during the Civil Wars was discussed in a previous…

What can I find on Civil War Petitions?

Since the official launch of Civil War Petitions in July, we have been working hard to gather new material. The…

The War Hero, the Eccentric and the Turncoat: the Men Behind Three Signatures

Several of the signatories to the documents in our Civil War Petitions database will be familiar names to anyone interested…

War Widows Past and Present: The Civil War Petitions and War Widows' Stories Projects

As we approach Remembrance Day, our blog considers the plight of all war widows, both past and present. How do…

Charity in the City: Funding the Relief of Maimed Soldiers in Post-Restoration Bristol

Bristol was one of the largest cities in seventeenth-century England and was hotly contested over during the Civil Wars. Unfortunately,…

A Female Combatant: Jane Merricke of Hereford

In the materials at the heart of the ‘War, Conflict and Memory’ project, women appear almost exclusively as widows petitioning…