In the 17th century, towards the end of the first civil war in England, Sir Jacob
Astley set out for Oxford from the town of Bridgnorth with a small army raised from
Wales and the West. He was the king's last hope in a disastrous civil war. But Astley
did not reach the Royalist capital. His force was attacked by Parliamentarian forces
near to Stow on the Wold where the survivors were locked in the local church and
where blood flowed through the streets.
I repeated his march and can tell you about that and the battles that take place
in Stow in the 21st century.