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John Gurney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061028

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061028.001.0001

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The parish of Cobham and the Civil War

The parish of Cobham and the Civil War

(p.31) Chapter 2 The parish of Cobham and the Civil War
Brave Community

John Gurney

Manchester University Press

This chapter describes how the civil war reached Cobham in the autumn of 1642; a fortnight after the armies of king and parliament had met at the battle of Edgehill. Aside from this brief incursion by the King's field army in 1642, Surrey was largely spared the worst excesses of the Civil War because the county's immediacy to London ensured that it was brought rapidly under the control of parliament's forces. The people of Cobham and the surrounding parishes were involved to an unprecedented level of wider political developments, both as active participants and through their experience of taxation, free quarter and political conflict. Responsibility for the maintenance of order in Civil War Surrey fell to the parliamentarian county committee and its divisional sub committees. Cobham's inhabitants were drawn into providing material and ideological support for the parliamentary war effort, and they came to suffer the effects of financial exactions and free quarter.

Keywords:   Civil War, battle of Edgehill, financial exactions, King's field army, Surrey, parliamentarian county committee

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