On the twelfth day of Christmas in Notts we give to you . . .

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Twelve Soldiers Marching!

Nottinghamshire played a key role in English Civil War and fierce battles were fought between the Royalists who were loyal to King Charles I and the Parliamentarians (Roundheads). On 22nd August 1642, Charles raised the Royal Standard to rally his supporters near to Nottingham Castle in what is now Standard Hill.

Because of its strategic position on the the Fosse Way and the Great North Road, the east Nottinghamshire town of Newark became a Royalist stronghold after soldiers who were loyal to the king flocked to the area. In 1643, Royalist troops fought their way to Nottingham Castle but were defeated.

Today, there are many reminders of Newark’s link to the Civil War, including the castle which was badly damaged. The Civil War Trail, which can be downloaded here, highlights some of the important areas relating to the war. Meanwhile, at Newark Town Hall Museum can see some of the ‘siege pieces’ (coins) which were used in the last days of the Civil War.


Kelham House

Located just outside Newark, the beautiful Kelham House is the ideal place to stay if you want to find out more about the Civil War. The stunning, red-brick building dates back to 1903 and was once the home of the Manners-Sutton family. Choose from a range of immaculately-presented rooms and enjoy the finest seasonal dishes at the Kitchen Garden. To book your stay visit the website.

On the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas competition we are giving you the chance to WIN a two night stay at Kelham House for two people with bed and breakfast and dinner on the first night. To be in with a chance of winning fill out the form below by midnight tonight. The winner will be notified by email tomorrow. (Terms and conditions apply).

Don’t forget to check out our festive offers page!

(This competition is now closed)

Posted on 19 December 2013
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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