Artistic impression of the proposed statue on top of Fort Royal Hill.
ABOUT THE PROPOSED MONUMENT
The 3rd September 2021 will mark the 370th Anniversary of the Battle of Worcester, the last and deciding battle of the nine year English Civil War (1642-1651). The Battle of Worcester Society (Charity) wish to mark the occasion by erecting a monument, designed by local Sculptor, Kenneth Potts, MRBS, BA. founder member and Fellow of the Battle of Worcester Society (Charity). Ken sculptured the Edward Elgar state in Cathedral Square, Worcester.
The Monument features Parliamentary soldiers forcing open the Sidbury Gate, with the man who later became King Charles II on the other side waiting for them with pistol drawn.
As well as commemorating the battle where 3,200 Scottish and English soldiers were killed on both sides, (more British soldiers were killed at Worcester than at Waterloo on 18th June 1815 (1,550) and on D-Day 6th June 1944 (2,235 – British and Commonwealth). Many Royalist soldiers were killed as they fled from the battle and were ambushed as they tried to escape towards Scotland. Many more injured soldiers died of their wounds in the days and weeks following the battle. An unknown number of Worcester civilians were also killed.
It is estimated that 85,000 soldiers were killed in combat during the nine year war, and over 100,000 civilians died of war related disease and starvation. Historian Giles Kristian has stated,
“The English Civil War killed a higher proportion of the British population than any other war in British History, 1 in 10 of the male population died, more than three times the proportion that died in the First World War and five times the proportion than in the Second World War.”
Remembrance Sunday and 11th November are rightly commemorated for the sacrifices made in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, but there is no monument to the English Civil War and it is suggested that the 3rdSeptember in Worcester would be an appropriate date as this was where the war ended and also where the war began with the Battle of Powick Bridge on 23rd September 1642.
The Preacher to the New Model Army, Hugh Peters addressed the victorious Parliamentary soldiers after the Battle of Worcester and said to them,
“When your wives and children ask you where you have been and what news, tell them you have been at Worcester, where all our troubles began, and where they are now happily ended.”