on Oak Apple Day, 29 May, Worcester the 'Faithful City' celebrates the day by decorating the entrance to the Guildhall with oak branches and leaves. Oak Apple day marks the birthday of Charles II in 1630 and his restoration to the throne in 1660. Worcester played a significant role in the English Civil War with the first skirmish in September 1642 taking place nearby at Powick Bridge and the final battle was in Worcester on 3 September 1651, from which Charles made his famous and epic…
Prince Rupert Of The Rhine 1619-1682 ~ Rupert routed a Parliamentarian force at Powick Bridge in September 1642. He fought at Edgehill after which he suggested a swift cavalry attack on London before the Earl of Essex's army could return. The King's counsellors urged a slow advance, and by the time they arrived, the city had organized defences against them forcing the King to retreat to Oxford. Some say that, in delaying, the Royalists had perhaps lost their best chance of winning the war.
Winter in Fort Royal Park Fort Royal's moment of fame came in September 1651, when the Royal Standard of King Charles II was raised here, in an attempt to regain power from Oliver Cromwell. The Battle of Worcester was the last military action of the post Civil War period, with "crowning glory" for Cromwell and a long flight for Charles to Shropshire, then in a circuitous route to the South coast and escape to France
Memorial to the Battle of Worcester On the canal bridge on Sidbury. The Battle of Worcester raged over ground here in September 1651 and its defeat of the last large Royalist army signified the end of the English Civil War. Maybe 3,000 men died that day. Both sides fought gallantly and the king only just escaped. Cromwell referred to the battle as a 'crowning mercy'.
Scottish National War Memorial | Virtual tour | The Eastern Transept On the west wall the monument to the Royal Engineers is also adorned with a relief by Carrick. In a compact square design, with great skill and clarity he includes a scene of bridge building, a man seated sending a telegraph message, even a bicycle. Both these reliefs are remarkable for the way in which strength and simplicity of design are combined with detailed observation.