The battle of Newburn Ford, fought on 28th August 1640 and was the only significant battle of the two Bishops’ Wars. Two days after the battle the city of Newcastle was surrendered to the Scots and King Charles I was obliged to recall Parliament to raise the money required to buy them off. The battle finally put an end to Charles’ 11 year period of ‘personal rule’ which, in turn, was a significant step towards the outbreak of civil war in 1642. The battle itself is a textbook example of how to conduct an opposed river crossing. There are few other examples to be found amongst English battles.
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Newburn Ford Resources