This list deals with events affecting the area of Lancashire, which is now Greater Manchester. A Chronology of the Civil War as a whole is online at CHRONOLOGY OF THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR  -

 

CHRONOLOGY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN MANCHESTER

 

1642

 20th June – Preston Moor Meeting where Manchester Men were to choose sides between Parliament and the King.

20th June – Sir Ralph Assheton removes Lord Strange’s gunpowder supplies from the Collegiate Church and takes them to secret places for parliament’s purposes.

4th July – Alleged battle for Manchester in which many died. More than likely Parliamentary propaganda.

15th July  – The Banquet Riots in Manchester. - The death of Richard Perseval, allegedly the first English casualty of the Wars.

16th July – Lord Strange leaves Ordsall Hall, Salford, where he took shelter after the riot of the previous night.

18th July - Richard Perseval is buried in the Collegiate Church.

16th September - Lord Strange was impeached by Parliament for the death of Richard Perseval

24th September – Lord Strange marches from Warrington to take Manchester by force.

 25th September – Beginning of the siege of Manchester. Lord Strange becomes the 7th Earl Of Derby whilst leading the Royalists in the siege.  

1st October – The weeklong siege of Manchester ends in Royalist defeat.

10th October – Parliament sends a letter of official thanks to the defenders of Manchester.

3rd November –Parliament present Manchester with a new cannon.

 27th November - Ambush of Royalists from Leigh on the Moors between Leigh & Bolton, but the Royalists narrowly escaped.

24th December 1642 – Rosworm liberates Leigh from Royalist control.

                                   

1643

 

23rd May – Manchester Men help Fairfax capture Warrington

30th June 1643 – Manchester Men fight on the losing (Parliamentary) side at Adwalton Moor.

22cd November 1643 – Parliamentary forces march through Didsbury and damage St. Wilfred’s Church, Northenden. On route to take Wythenshawe Hall.

21st November – Beginning of the siege of Wythenshawe Hall.

27th November – Royalists chased through Atherton and Leigh by Parliamentary forces, some drawn from the Manchester Garrisons.

 

                                                1644

27th February = The End of the Siege of Wythenshawe Hall, a Royalist defeat.

25th May Rupert storms Stockport but quickly gives up on the town in favor of attacking Bolton.

28th May – Prince Rupert and Lord Byron storm Bolton and massacre many civilians.

16th August – The Battle of Wigan Lane. John Middleton’s forces crushed by Cromwell and the New Model Army prior to the next day’s battle of Preston.

23rd August – Cromwell passes through Wigan again on his return journey from Preston.

 

                                                1651

 

25th August – Lord Derby Captured in Wigan when his forces tried to join up with those of Charles 2cd.

15th October – The execution of The Earl Of Derby in Bolton, at the Town Cross, Deansgate. His last hours were spent in the Man And Scythe bar. 

 

                                                1653

 

20th April - Cromwell dismisses she Rump Parliament and ordered the ‘bauble’ (Mace)  to be removed from the House Of Commons. Charles Worsely, later Manchester’s first MP, personally physically carried the Mace away.

 

 

 

 

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