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View NW from Dam Street towards the Cathedral.

 

This was the scene of an incident in the English Civil War. The first seige of Lichfield began on 2 March 1643 with the arrival of Lord Brooke's Parliamentary forces. The Royalists were in the Cathedral Close. Lord Brooke was in Dam Street and was killed by a sniper, John Dyott, shooting from the central tower of the cathedral. The Royalists eventually surrendered but on 7 April, Prince Rupert arrived with 3000 men and retook the town. In 1646 the Parliamentarians under Sir William Brereton lay seige to the town and during the bombardment of the Cathedral Close area the central tower was hit and destroyed on 12 May. The Royalists surrendered on 10 July.

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