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LETTER OF THE MONTH

ESCAPE TO FRANCE King Charles II’s escape during the Civil War played an important part in Peter’s local history

SAFE AS HOUSES

In December’s cover feature Civil War, you mention the escape of Charles II from the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Close to my home are two houses that were instrumental in helping him escape to France.

Firstly, Boscobel House in Shropshire. The owners, the Gi ard family, were Catholics who refused to worship in the Church of England churches. This meant imprisonment or worse – the execution of any priest in their house. Boscobel was raining heavily. The soldiers didn’t look in the trees because of the rain, so Charles and Careless remained undetected!

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