Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Where's Fort Royal, then?


Fort Royal is in Worcester, a City in England. It had a quiet history as a piece of open ground, perhaps sheep pasture, until 3 September 1651, when as a defensive fort of the Royalists under King Charles II, it was overrun by the Parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell. The story is told well on the Worcestershire Archaeology pages Worcestershire Archaeology
The fort may then have been reduced to the ground, but the remains of the high earthworks are very evident, in what is now a pleasant public park near the the Commandery Museum. Many visitors come here to see and photograph the best views of Worcester Cathedral.
Friends of Fort Royal is a group of neighbours set up to take an interest in the park and its wider area, which is also called Fort Royal. Picture is by John Stafford © 2005

2 comments:

dave palmer said...

comment please; Thornton House School, Wylds Lane to close and reopen with new name - Fort Royal Community Special School.

Dave PALMER

Head designate

John Stafford said...

That's a good name for a school on a site which must have been central to the battle for the fort itself in 1651. It will of course continue, with whatever name, to be an important part of the Fort Royal Community.