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Several projects are in hand. 


.Some of his current projects/books being written include the following:


1. The Siege of Reading 1643

The Siege of Reading is almost complete except for one or two chapters.  

The first siege of the English Civil War (sometimes called the British Civil War) of 1642-1649. The town at the time was holding out for the King (though as in the rest of the country loyalties were divided). The besieging Parliamentary army was led by Lord Essex, with 16,000 infantry, 3000 cavalry and a train of siege cannon. Despite a rescue attempt by Prince Rupert and King Charles, the town fell to the Parliamentary cause. The town suffered by heavy taxes and requisitions from both sides and its thriving wool trade never recovered.

The Chapters are:

 1. Introduction

2. Divided Loyalties

3. Reading in the Early 17th.Century

4.The Religious and Political Divide

5. Ship Money

6. Reading's Strategic Position

7. Reading Enters The War

8. The Pre Siege Occupations of 1642-43

9. Siege Warfare

10. How Other Siege Cities Fared

11. Composition of 17th. Century Armies

12. Essex and Aston as Commanders

13. The Scene is Set

14. The Assault on Reading

15. Reading's Fortifications

16. Disease

17. Attempted Rescue

18. Surrender

19.Aftermath

20. The Court Martial of Fielding

21. Financial Ruin

22. Conclusion

  

The Appendices are:

1.    Notes   

 2.    Terms of Surrender     

3.    Notable Reading Families   

4.    Notable Buildings   

5.    Biography of Essex     

6.    Biography of Aston 

7.    Biography of Prince Rupert   

8.    Biography of John Hampden   

9.    Biography of Sir Philip Skippon   

10.  Biography of Sir Jacob Astley

11.  Biography of Lord Ruthven

12.  Timeline : 1625-1643    

13.  Other Battles of 1643     

14. The Act of Supremacy 1534

15. King James & Divine Right

16. The Nineteen Propositions

17.  Williams Lilly's Astroloigical War Charts Ftr Reading

18. Regiments Involved in the Siege

19. The Conflict at Reading of 1644

20. Bibliography  

21.  Index    

 

 

The Battle of Dyrham 577 AD

The next book will deal with the  battle between Ceawlin of the West Saxons (Wessex) and three Celtic kings of Bath, Cirencester and Gloucester which set the seal on the Saxon-Angle ascendancy over England and broke forever the land connection between Wales and the West British. 

Chapters:

The provisional chapters so far in progress are:

1. Introduction.    2. Britain Without Rome.       3. The British Respite 493-550.    4. Consolidation of the Saxon Settlement.      5. Saxon Alliances and Advance.     6. Ceawlin      7. The Battle.     8. Sixth Century West British Kingdoms.     9. End of the Celtic West.     10. Aftermath.   


Appendixes

The Appendixes so far are:

1. Notes.      2.  Wansdyke.    3. Timeline.    4. Anglo-Saxon Tribes & Clans.     5. Caer Baddan (Bath).    6. Caer Ceri (Corinium).     7. Caer Gloui.    8. Bibliography.


 

3. Elias Ashmole

Antiquarian, botanist, alchemist of the Carolingian period he was a Founder member of the Royal Society in November 1660 and avid collector of rare and arcane books and manuscripts: it was this collection which he bequethed to Oxford University and became the world renowned "Ashmolean Museum" today.  Ashmole was a Royalist during the Cvil War but he father-in -law was a Roundead officer. Ashmole's diaries states that he was a Freemason and he and his father-in-law were in the same lodge in 1646 at the height of the Civil War. His notes are among the first record of the existence of speculative Freemasonry in the modern world. Under the Restoration of Charles II his career dramatrically flourished.


4. The History of Warmley House

In South Gloucestershire in the village of Warmley lies a grand Georgian house once the home of one William Champion (1709-1789). It was the centre of one of the oldest industriall sites in Britoian and was where the commercial production of zinc and brass was piopneerd in the British Isles..By 1754 Champion had '15 copper furnaces, 12 brass furnaces, 4 spelter or zinc furnaces, a battery mill, rolling mills for making plates, rolling and cutting mills for wire, and a wire mill both of thick and fine drawn kinds'. The value of the Company was put at £200,000 with a profit of £8,000 annually (in today's money approximately £400 million and £16 million profit annually). At his zenith, he employed 800 workers plus out-workers- an immense workforce for the time


5. The History of Redlands

The History of Redlands can be regarded as an almost  finished project for whilst there is more which can be written about I shall be concentrating for the foreseeable future on Wiltshire History and some other specific projects

Redlands is an  area on the Southern Hill ridge of Reading in Berkshire. This history is  at present proceeding as a website and contains over thirty subjects on various aspects of this area from the Middle Age until the early twentieth century. It brings in some aspects of some of the areas which directly neighbour Redlands because of manorial and other associations, such as: Maiden Erleigh;  Whitely;  Whiteknights;  Erleigh St.Peters.

to find out more about this major undertaking, please go to :

Redlands History


6. Lyonesse

Across Europe are tales of sunken lands and vanished races. Atlantis as a genre is real enough: rising sea levels over 10,000 years ago wiped out many thriving communities (e.g. the North Sea Plains),and possibly even civilisations. One such is Lyonesse. Once entirely shrouded in mythology Stephen Cox unravels the geological,and historical l reality of the fabled land now represented as remnants by the Isles of Scilly, but once a large land in the Atlantic. The Sea Kings, King Arthur, Mark of Cornwall, Tristram, Atlantean colony- all have their part in this revelation.


7. The Battle of Lansdown

Civil War battle fought on the south Cotswold Hills overlooking Bath.

 

8. North Wiltshire Sketches

This project is foremost in my schedule of writing at the present time (2013). I have decided that the area covered is that which is bounded by: Melksham/Devizes/Avebury/Royal Wooton Bassett/Malmesbury/Corsham. (although it is possible I may sneak over the border into South Glos to encompass Marshfield!)


Some are based on personal knowledge, visits and experience over the years. Others via research of records, old histories etc. With regards to Studley village itself I hope to have the privilege to talk in depth with some of the oldest residents (in their nineties) who can provide fascinating glimpses of village life and history from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries.


1. The Wesleyan Chapel Studley.                2. The Wilsaetas (Saxon Tribe). 

3. Battle of Chippenham 1643.                     4. Derry Hill Church.

5. Bowood House Architecture.                     6. Celtic Tribes.                      

7. Cherhill White Horse.                               8. Fox Talbot. 

9. St.Dunstan.                                             10. Calne Broadcloth.    

11. Lacock Abbey.                                       12. Local Notables.  

13. Saxon Calne                                          14. Medieval Calne     

15. Medieval Chippenham.                           16. Alfred at Chippenham.  

17. Arthur                                                     18. Saxon Conquest.   

19. The Domesday Book                              20.Stanley Abbey.   

21. Priory of Kington St.Michael.                  22. Royal Forests.  

23. The Moonrakers.                                    24. Joseph Priestley

25. Little Zoar Baptist Chapel.                      26. Maud Heath’s Causeway. 

27. The Burning of Reginald de Cobham      28.The Ridgeway.

29. Silbury Hill                                               30. The Sanctuary. 

31. Avebury.                                                  32. West Kennet Long Barrow

33. Sandy Lane Providence Chapel.             34. The Wilts and Berks Canal.

35. Martha Marshman & William Wiltshire     36. Bowood Estate Brief History

37. The Viking Battle of Chippenham            38. Alexander Keiller

39. The Avenue                                             40. The Marqueesate of Lansdowne

41. Bradenstoke Priory                                 42. Studley Economic  History1643-1999

43. The Holy Well Biddestone                      44. The Dumbpost

45. Bremhill                                                   46. Battle of Roundway Down 1643

47. Siege of Devizes 1643                            48.  Spas & Mineral Springs

     49. Bradford on Avon Abbey                       50. The Wars of Stephen & Matilda.

    51.  Devizes Castle.                                        52. The Lansdowne Monument

53. Gabriel Goldney.                                      54. Pinhills

     55. Studley Manor                                          56. The Temple of Cunomaglus

     57. The Lysley Arms                                       58. The Golden Gate

     59. Local Place Name History

             

 

 

Notes:

(i) Items in italic & ochre have been completed.

(ii) More subjects to be added.

             iii) website has not been published yet.