Battle of Tadcaster
The Battle of Tadcaster (7th December 1642), really little more than a skirmish, was fought around the Tadcaster river bridge in the Civil War.
Three miles away, the Battle of Towton, on March 29th 1461 (Palm Sunday), was a decisive battle in the War of the Roses. The Yorkist victory ended a period when England had two kings. Over 28,000 people are believed to have been killed that day, the largest number of dead in any battle on British soil.
Also a few miles away is the site of the Civil War Battle of Marston Moor, fought on 2nd July 1644, where Oliver Cromwell came to the fore as a military leader and helped crush the Royalist forces sent out from York to meet the Parliamentarians.
You can find more about Yorkshire battles here.
Click here for the Motte and Bailey Archaeological Dig Report on the Tadcaster Riverbank.
You can read a detailed history of Methodism in Tadcaster on the Methodist Church website.
If you would like to know more about the History of Tadcaster, please visit the website for Tadcaster Historical Society.