Harrison's Birthplace, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Date:1895 - 1905 (c.)

Description:Taken at the rear of Major-General Thomas Harrison's Birthplace. Thomas Harrison was born in 1606 and became one of the countries leading army officers. He had a close relationship with Oliver Cromwell and was closely involved in bringing about the execution of King Charles I, being one of the signatories on his death warrant.

Harrison was an important figure in the Fifth Monarchy movement, which was a radical group that believed after the fall of the fourth monarchy there would be a final golden age and that it was their duty to try and speed up its arrival. The Fifth Monarchists believed that when the golden age arrived taxes, tithes and rents would be abandoned and there would be health and prosperity for all.

After the restoration of the Monarchy, King Charles II came to the throne, and Harrison was one of the regicides who were tried, found guilty and then hung, drawn and quartered. One story relates that Thomas Harrison's remains were eventually brought back to Newcastle-under-Lyme and secretly buried in the churchyard of the Parish Church of St. Giles.


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1800s
View from Red Lion Square, Newcastle-under-Lyme looking south
View from Red Lion Square, Newcastle-under-Lyme looking south

Watercolour by James Hulse of a view looking from Red Lion Square towards the High ...

1840s
The Rutland, Red Lion Square, Newcastle-under-Lyme
The Rutland, Red Lion Square, Newcastle-under-Lyme

A pen ink and coloured wash by John Whessell of the Rutland public house, Red Lion ...

1870s
High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme

This very early photograph captures the scene as a horse and cart waits on the cobbles ...

1890s
Newcastle Cycling Club, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Newcastle Cycling Club, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Photogragh of the Newcastle Cycling Club with penny-farthing bicycles.

1910s
Oxen's Chemist, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Oxen's Chemist, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Oxen's had two chemists shops in Newcastle-under-Lyme from 1905 onwards. The original ...

1930s
Roebuck, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Roebuck, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The 'Roebuck' prior to its demolition in 1936. The Roebuck was originally one ...

1950s
Old Town Clerk's Office, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Old Town Clerk's Office, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Photograph of the Old Town Clerk's office which was located on the High Street. The ...

1990s
Laura Ashley's, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Laura Ashley's, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Watercolour by Alston Emery in 1991 showing the frontage of the Laura Ashley shop, ...

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Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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