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Newark, third seige of

Battle Name : Newark, third seige of

Date(s) : 26 November 1645 - 08 May 1646

Part of : The Civil Wars of the Three Kingdoms , The 1st English Civil War ,

Outcome : A victory for Parliamentarian Forces over Royalist Forces

Type of battle : Land


The third and final seige of this key city at the junction of the Great North Road and the Fosse Way. The defences of the city had been improved throught the civil war, and by 1645 included extensive earth works and 2 large 'Sconces' or artillery forts to the north-east and south-west of the city. After the decisive battle at Naseby, General Poyntz with an army of Parliament, and Alexander Leslie commanding the Scots met and laid seige to Newark constructing two successive lines of circumvallation and steadily taking the outer lying strong points by applying overwhelming force at key points. By March 1646 the garrison inside the walls was suffering badly through hunger and disease but the Royalist commander, Lord John Belasyse still refused to surrender. King Charles, however, decided that the war was lost and came to Newark to surrender to the Scots army rather than to Parliament on 5th May and himself issued orders for the town to capitulate.


In and around the town of Newark, Nottinghamshire , England. (England)