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Fort Royal Hill, where liberty was fought for | by Andrew Kelsall Photography
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Fort Royal Hill, where liberty was fought for

Over 100 years before the American declaration of independence or the French storming of the Bastille the British people fought successfully for liberty. The final battle of the English Civil War was fought here.

 

"The Essex militia stormed and captured Fort Royal, turning the Royalist guns to fire on Worcester. The final stage of the battle was a confused running fight through the streets as the Parliamentarians pursued the Scots and Royalists into the city. Despite the gallant attempts of Charles and some of his senior commanders to rally the troops, panic had set in. With all hope of victory gone, the King was finally persuaded to escape."

 

"The battle of Worcester was the final crushing defeat for the Royalist cause. The English Civil War ended at the place where it had started nine years previously."

 

Charles Stuart escaped from the battlefield and eluded capture for 45 days until he was able to slip away to France. Oliver Cromwell described Worcester as a "crowning mercy". It was his last battle as an active commander." Read more here

 

The second president of the United States visited this hill in 1786 and was so moved he made a speech which included the following: "and do Englishmen so soon forget the ground where liberty was fought for?"

 

"Tell your neighbours and your children that this is holy ground, much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in pilgrimage to this hill, once a year."

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Taken on May 7, 2006