This Day in History: 1645-06-23

On 23rd June 1645, the besieging Parliamentary forces played their cannon against the church as early as 2 o’clock in the morning and continued fire against the lantern of the steeple until 6 o’clock, when a breach was made and a part of it fell down. Fire was discontinued until the afternoon when the steeple was so badly damaged that the besieged Royalists considered it no longer tenable. However, they sent twenty musketeers to relieve the guard but only two or three men were allowed in the church; the rest were ordered to occupy the houses around the church. The Royalists concluded that their opponents would make an attempt in the night to gain possession of the church and had loaded their cannon with grapeshot. As expected, at one o’clock, the enemy made an attack on the church; the besieged fired upon them and the enemy were forced to retreat to their works.