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Siege of Hull (1642)

Siege of Hull
Part of the First English Civil War
Date 10 July 1642
Location Hull, England
Result Parliamentarian victory
Royalists Parliamentarians
Commanders and leaders
Charles I of England Sir John Hotham
3,000 infantry
1,000 cavalry
1,500 soldiers

The Siege of Hull in 1642 was the first major action of the English Civil War.

As both sides moved towards war, Parliament had access to more military materiel, due to its possession of all major cities including the large arsenal in London. In Kingston upon Hull, where the majority of the inhabitants were Royalists,[1] there was a large arsenal which had been established for the Second Bishops' War in 1638. To deny the Royalists access to this, in January 1642 Sir John Hotham was ordered by Parliament to seize Hull. This was carried out at once by his son John, who became the Military Governor of Hull.

Charles I hoped that quick victories would negate Parliament's advantage in materiel and as the armouries in London were beyond his reach he hoped to take the large arsenal at Hull to supplement the armouries he did have access to, such as those of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire trained bands.[2]

In April 1642 Hotham refused to admit Charles I to Hull. Later he promised his prisoner, Lord Digby, that he would surrender the city to the king, but when Charles appeared again, after travelling to Beverley (a walled medieval town some 8 - 10 miles away which was an armoury) to collect more soldiers, Hotham refused a second time and drove away the besiegers.[3]

Charles took great personal affront to these actions, and declared Hotham a traitor. The Royalists' unsuccessful siege of the city was a major step on the road to full scale war which would start at in earnest with the pitched battle of Edgehill on 23 October 1642.


  • See also 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4

See also


  1. ^ 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica HULL
  2. ^ 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica THE GREAT REBELLION
  3. ^ 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica HOTHAM, SIR JOHN


Further reading

  • A History of Kingston on Hull, Part 4, from Bulmer's Gazetteer (1892)
  • C.H. Firth & R.S. Rait. Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660 (1911), pp. 13-14, 'July 1642: The Ordinance for raising 2,000 Men for relieving Hull.
  • Manganiello Stephen C. The concise encyclopedia of the revolutions and wars of England, Scotland ..., pp. 264, 267308
  • Civil War in Yorkshire, 1642
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