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The Civil War
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In the 1640s England was in the grip of a Civil War. Once again Wareham became a fortress town. There were a number of skirmishes and a large group of royalist soldiers were sent from Dorchester to hold the town against Parliamentarians.

Some time later a Parliamentarian force arrived and besieged the town. An ultimatum was given – ‘surrender or face death’ – and Captain O’Brien and his royalist Irish soldiers surrendered, having been promised safe passage.

They were marched to Bristol and took ship and were then tied up in pairs and half way across the Irish Sea they were thrown overboard, a grisly fate.

After the Civil War Cromwell decreed that the walls of Wareham and Corfe castle should be ‘slighted’ so the old medieval stone wall, which sat on top of the earth mounds, was dismantled. Some of the stone that appears in buildings around the town is probably from that wall.
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An Interview between Charles I and Oliver Cromwell
An Interview between Charles I and Oliver Cromwell
English Civil War Society re-enactment at Corfe Castle
English Civil War Society re-enactment at Corfe Castle
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