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The town of Uttoxeter in the time of the Civil Wars of Charles -1., was celebrated for the loyalty and devotion of its inhabitants to the Bang's cause. An old chronicle says :— - ■ " For the defence of thetowne bulwarks were raised a watch and ward established, and the towne ends were many times blocked up by carts and waggons against the enemy. Nigh upon all the people were in favor of the King-'s cause, and much the more so after His Majesty had paid us a visit. I was annear the ' Crown ' inn, on the day when the Kingwas feasted there, and saw him . enter with Lord Stanhope and his son, well guarded by soldiers. The banquet room was deck'd out richly, and table was well spread. I heard, afterwards that Mr. Ward proposed the King.s health, and His Majesty spoke at length of his troubles, and his voice well nip-h failed him when he thank'd the people of Uttoxeter for all their loyalty and love." The best idea of the state of the town during the Rebellion, may be gathered from the following extracts, transcribed trom the books of the Churchwardens and constables :— 1642—Paid to them that swept Mr. Ward's hall for King Charles 1., one shilling. „ John Sherratt, for leading ctods five days to the bulwarks, ss. „ For watching Lord Stanhope and his son at the Crown, lls. 1643—Paid to the ringers, when King Charles the First was here, os. „ Paid William Ferral and other 3 who watched the audience at the Crown doors. Is 6d. „ Paid to a townsman, when he went to guard field-piece to Tutbnry, Bd. 1644-^For a rope to hang a man who killed John Scott, and for a cord to pinion the prisoner, one shilling. „ Levies upon the town of Uttoxeter £608 13s 2d. 1645—Paid to Prince Rupert's cook, for his fee, five shillings. „ For guides to a scouting, three nights, nine shillings. „ For a sheet, making the grave, ringing, beer, and for burying the soldier that was slain in the street, 4s. „ For two horses and a man to carry bread and cheese to Tuthury in the night, being ingreat want, 3s 4d. „ For quartering General Fairfax's soldiers, £20. 1646—F0r quartering Colonel Cromwell's soldiers, £20. 1646—May 12th. To men for pulling down Tutburn Castle, £2 10s. 4d. „ October: To 46 travellers, or Egyptians, with pass from Parliament, to travel by the space of six months together, to get relief, 4s. b 1648—For two men watching in the steeple when the town was fearful of an insurrection. 1659—F0r proclaiming the Lord Protector. Is. 1660—May. Paid the ringers when King Charles the Second was proclaimed, ss. „ Ringing on the Coronation day, Bs. These records are to Uttoxeter, what Pepy's diary is to the nation, in affording, by the collection of small details, a general view of the woful state of affairs during those terrible years of civil strife and bloodshed.

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UTTOXETER IN THE DAYS OF CHARLES, Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 113, 11 October 1867

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UTTOXETER IN THE DAYS OF CHARLES Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 113, 11 October 1867