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Oliver Cromwell takes Burleigh House from the Royalists

In Lincolnshire on July 29 at 12:16 am

29 Jul 1643 (Sat) || Out of Lincolnshire the Relation is come, that the Newarke Cavaliers with strong forces, were gotten into Burgleigh House neer Stamford, from whence they sent a Trumpet to Peterbrough, commanding them to deliver up their City, who returned answer, that they should have it when they could get it. But Colonell Cromwell being unwilling they should nestle there, withall the strength he could get, came upon them, tooke the said House, and in it two Colonells, sixe Captaines, four hundred foot, and two hundred horse, and slew fourscore of them, with the losse scarce of two of his owne. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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Parliament’s forces attack Sir Richard Fleetwood’s house

In Derbyshire on July 24 at 6:10 pm

24 Jul 1643 (Mon) || Derby had some while since advertised us of their intended designe against Sir Richard Fleetwood, one of Colonell Hastings Fraternity of Robbers, as they terme him, which they have now freely imparted unto us in this manner; That a Captaine, with some gentlemen and their Souldiers, having beset his house called Wotton lodge, to keep him from pillaging and plundering, (according to his usuall manner) Captaine Mellers with some Companies, and two pieces of Ordnance marched thither from Derby, where being come, they presently fired their Ordnance upon the house, to give Sir Richard notice of their arrivall, and while they were planting [their ordnance], their Musketiers played upon the House, to keep the defendants in imployment, lest they should sally out to hinder them, which being effected, the Ordnance played hard, and made some battery, but for that time did little hurt. Then they called a Councell of War, who resolved to approach neerer to the house, and either to assault or undermine it, which some of their Souldiers presently put into execution, for they went downe and fired a Barne neere unto it, then Captaine Mellors Lieutenant went downe with one or two hundred of his men with spades and pickages, and tooke the Brew-house, set the gate of the Porters lodge on fire, and entred the Court-yard, where they turned out some horse and other Cattle, being very carefull of Mynes and Traines of gunpowder, lest they should have beene blowne up. Immediately after, the house was yeilded up, where they took Sir Richard Fleetwood and his two sons, with Master Vincent Pyne, and seventy other prisoners, whom they tied together with ropes, and so brought them all into Derby. This House was farre stronger then Ashby de la Zouch, and yet it was taken in a day and two nights, onely by three hundred men, notwithstanding Sir Richard Fleetwoods boasting, that he feared not all the forces of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, if they came against him, and he made no question (relying upon the strength of his house) but he could easily repell them. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)