Uncover the History...

The English Civil War is a fascinating period of our nation's history, when many of the rights, freedoms and privileges we take for granted today were fought for and won.

Here you can explore some of the history behind both the English Civil Wars and our regiment, including a look at the man who created it - the Parliamentarian general, Edward Montagu, the second Earl of Manchester.

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Quick Manchester Facts

Edward Montague was the eldest son of Henry Montagu, a magistrate and government official who became the 1st Earl of Manchester in 1626

His former family seat, the impressive Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire, is now a school

He was the only member of the House of Lords to be named with the Five Members, who King Charles tried to arrest for treason in January 1642

His Eastern Association army was made up of forces from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertford

He was given powers to dismiss scandalous ministers from churches and purged the University of Cambridge of 'ungodly' lecturers

His 'Iconoclast General' William Dowsing smashed stained glass and tore out statues from hundreds of churches

He strongly opposed the King's trial in 1649

He was active in bringing about the Restoration and officially welcomed King Charles II into London in 1660.

Manchester married FIVE times and sired seven sons and four daughters.


Meet Edward, the Earl of Manchester

Who was the man who went from being a favourite of King Charles to fighting against him, and who would officially welcome the new king back from exile?

Meet Edward, the Earl of Manchester

Manchesterís Men: hys regiment of foote

Manchesterís Men: hys regiment of foote

They marched north from the Puritan heartlands of East Anglia to help crush the King's army at Marston Moor before becoming the backbone of the New Model Army - who were the men who fought for Manchester and Parliament?


Manchesterís Iconoclast General

Manchesterís Men: hys regiment of foote

Why did one man travel across East Anglia smashing stained glass windows and tearing down statues?

Meet William Dowsing - Manchester's 'Iconoclast General'.


A very uncivil conflict

A very uncivil conflict

What were the English Civil Wars and why are they so important in the history of Britain?


The Battles Manchester Fought

The Battles Manchester Fought

Find out about the victories and defeats that saw the Earl's army became the major force in the defeat of the Royalists.


Manchester vs Cromwell

Manchester vs Cromwell

Just what was the now infamous disagreement between The Earl of Manchester and Cromwell all about? And who was right?