The Battle of Edgehill

This painting depicts the eve of the famous Battle of Edgehill in Warwickshire. It’s part of a collection at the Walker Art Gallery but unfortunately my sources inform me it’s not currently on display. But there are lots of other nice things there along with a great little coffee shop!

Ormskirk in 1609

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A very special guest map this week that doesn’t even feature Edge Hill.  Above is a map of Ormskirk from 1609.  The original is held by Ormskirk Library and this scan is available on the Lancashire County Council website.  This map explains why Aughton Street and Moor Street are much wider than the other two streets and predates by quite some time the clock tower which now stands at the cross roads.

Ormskirk’s changed quite a lot over the last 401 years, and not just because of the University!