Siege of Colchester – double Grey Friars connection

In 1648 the town’s citizens were caught up in the conflict between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. They suffered starvation, economic disaster and heavy fines for their, albeit mostly involuntary, involvement.

In the first connection, Grey Friars is mentioned in the Articles of Agreement governing the conduct of the surrender on 27th August 1648.

siege-map-detail‘K’ marks the “fryar’s yard” where captives were kept following the town’s surrender.

In the second connection former lecturer Clare Hawkins has written a novel about people affected by the siege.  Available from Red Lion Books, it’s a well-researched, fascinating read and brings to life a period we have hitherto only known from the history books.

More on both connections in the ‘resources’ section (click on menu above).


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