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The Battle of Selby

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles on Thursday, 31 March 2011

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11 April marks the anniversary of the Battle of Selby in 1644.

Selby, on the River Ouse, was a strategic town during the English Civil War as it commanded the routes to York (a stronghold of the Royalists) and the port of Hull, making it an important town for the movement of troops and provisions.

picture, Sir Thomas Fairfax, Roundhead, English Civil War, Battle of Selby

Sir Thomas Fairfax, victorious at the Battle of Selby

The town had been fortified by the Royalist commander John Belasyse with barricades and the flooding of the Dam Fields to one side. Opposing the Royalists were the Roundhead forces led by the Fairfaxes: Lord Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and his eldest son, Thomas Fairfax. The Roundheads attacked all three remaining sides – a dangerous strategy as it split their forces – but, in this case, it worked. The Roundheads penetrated the Royalist defensive barricades and the town quickly fell.

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