This Day in History: 1648-12-20

The third siege of Pontefract Castle progressed slowly but, on 20th December 1648, £2,000 (£351,000 in today’s money) was ordered to be raised ‘for the relief of the forces of Pontefract and Scarborough’. On January 2nd 1649, £2,500 (£449,000 in today’s money) was especially ordered to be levied ‘upon the county of Lincoln, for the relief of the forces before Pontefract’.