A KING­DOM FOR A HORSE!

This England - - Cornucopia - ROSE­MARY BEN­NETT

This plaque in Win­can­ton, Som­er­set, com­mem­o­rates a lit­tle-known bat­tle which took place in 1688 be­tween the sup­port­ers of Protes­tant Wil­liam of Orange and those loyal to Catholic King James II.

Hav­ing been in­vited to in­vade Eng­land and oust James, Wil­liam landed in Devon, and as he marched to­wards Lon­don to take up the crown, some of his men went on to Win­can­ton to ob­tain fresh horses.

They found some of James’s sol­diers sta­tioned there and a short bat­tle took place be­tween Flingers Lane and Ire­son Lane. Several sol­diers on each side were killed.

On reach­ing the town, Wil­liam stayed in the manor house known lo­cally as “The Dogs”, be­cause of the two stone grey­hound gatepost finials at the en­trance, and his room is still called “The Orange Room” to this day.

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