The Siege of Lichfield

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An unusual historical plaque located in the wall of a building in Dam Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England - about a strange military event which occurred on that very spot in 1643. The plaque reads: March 2nd 1643. Lord Brooke, a General of the Parliamentary forces, preparing to besiege The Close of Lichfield, then Garrisoned for King Charles the First, received his death wound on the spot beneath this inscription by a shot in the forehead, from Mr. Dyott, a gentleman who had placed himself on the battlements of the Great Steeple to annoy the besiegers.

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Comments (2)

jockswa on October 8, 2013

This is intriguing! I've read a history of aspects of the Charles Ist affair by Geoffrey Robinson. Fascinating! Also, this is the only other place I've seen mention of the name Dyott. It's the name of a range of hills next door to a farm belonging to a rellie of my wife's up at York (W.A.)

Roger Powell on October 8, 2013

Maybe his later descendents migrated to The Wonderful Land, who knows.

I've been up on the "battlements of the Great Steeple" and seen the view of the spot on the ground that Mr Dyott must have seen and taken aim at 370 years ago!
I wonder what happened to him after the shooting...
: )

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  • Uploaded on January 8, 2011
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    by Roger Powell
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A400
    • Taken on 2009/08/29 14:30:57
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 13.19mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash