FIVE MORE PLACES TO EX­PLORE

BBC History Magazine - - Out & About / History Explorer - CHARLES II:

1 Scone Palace PERTHSHIRE, SCOT­LAND Where Charles was crowned king

After agree­ing to Presbyterian de­mands, Charles was crowned king of Scot­land at Scone Palace on 1 Jan­uary 1651, fol­low­ing the tra­di­tion of Scot­tish kings. The cer­e­mony took place on Moot Hill and was Scot­land’s last corona­tion.

2 Worces­ter WORCES­TER­SHIRE Where the roy­al­ist cause was lost

Worces­ter saw the fi­nal de­feat for the roy­al­ists and much of the bat­tle­field it­self is still open agri­cul­tural land. The top of the cathe­dral tower gives the best view of the bat­tle­field, while the Civil War vis­i­tor cen­tre in the Com­man­dery gives an in­ter­est­ing back­ground to the pe­riod.

3 White Ladies Pri­ory COSFORD, SHROP­SHIRE Where Charles II hid from en­e­mies

The ru­ins of the 12th-cen­tury White Ladies Pri­ory are a 20-minute walk from Bosco­bel House. Charles ar­rived here early on 4 Septem­ber 1651 after rid­ing through the night fol­low­ing the bat­tle of Worces­ter. The pri­ory it­self no longer ex­ists but the ru­ins of its me­dieval church can still be vis­ited.

4 Mose­ley Old Hall WOLVER­HAMP­TON, WEST MID­LANDS Where the king used a pri­est hole

After he left Bosco­bel, Charles headed for Mose­ley Old Hall where he stayed for sev­eral days. The house still boasts the four-poster bed the king slept in. The fa­mous pri­est hole where Charles hid when par­lia­men­tar­ian sol­diers came to the house is also vis­i­ble, and the ex­hi­bi­tion room has a let­ter Charles II sent to Jane Lane thank­ing her for her as­sis­tance in help­ing him es­cape to France.

5 The Monarch’s Way NA­TION­WIDE Where Charles made his es­cape

The c625-mile es­cape route taken by Charles II can still be fol­lowed – it runs from Worces­ter via Bris­tol and Yeovil to Shore­ham. The path is marked with yel­low mark­ers.

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