Long Bennington History Society
For a town of modest demeanour Newark has a fascinating and rich backstory reaching to the bloody days of the civil wars of the 17th century. A story of siege, cannonade, royal visits (and ultimately fatal arguments between king and prince), local heroes and the Scots; truly a screen script in waiting. Situated on the Great North Road linking England with Scotland and with routes to and from east coast ports Newark had great strategic value which was recognised by Charles 1st and rulers before and after him. Of some surprise was the fierce loyalty the town showed to the sovereign and the cause of the royalist faction. This could be partially explained by the fact that the landowners ultimately owe their wealth to the crown being in receipt of monastery lands after the dissolution but doesn’t totally account for the support of the townsfolk who not only put up with the privations of war but rallied in the town’s defence when called upon. Such was and is the pride the town shows in its part of this historical conflict that many of the buildings associated with the time have been preserved albeit in a less glamorous state than before.
Thanks to Kevin Winter who was ably assisted by Sarah Clarke both from the Newark Civil War Museum who also brought memorabilia from the time including shot and coinage minted especially for the siege.