King Charles I of England
(1600-1649)

Prince of Wales (1616-1625), King of England (1625-1649), and King of Scots (1625-1649)

Died aged 48

Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. Charles was the second son of King James VI of Scotland, but after his father inherited the English throne in 1603, he moved to England, where he spent much of the rest of his life. He became heir apparent to the English, Irish, and Scottish thrones on the death of his elder brother, Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1612. An unsuccessful and unpopular attempt to marry him to the Spanish Habsburg princess Maria Anna culminated in an eight-month visit to Spain in 1623 that demonstrated the futility of the marriage negotiations. Two years later, he married the Bourbon princess Henrietta Maria of France instead. After his succession, Charles quarrelled with the Parliament of England, which sought to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch. His religious policies, coupled with his marriage to a Roman Catholic, generated the antipathy and mistrust of reformed groups such as the Puritans and Calvinists, who thought his views too Catholic. He supported high church ecclesiastics, such as Richard Montagu and William Laud, and failed to aid Protestant forces successfully during the Thirty Years' War. His attempts to force the Church of Scotland to adopt high Anglican practices led to the Bishops' Wars, strengthened the position of the English and Scottish parliaments and helped precipitate his own downfall. From 1642, Charles fought the armies of the English and Scottish parliaments in the English Civil War. After his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament. Charles refused to accept his captors' demands for a constitutional monarchy, and temporarily escaped captivity in November 1647. Re-imprisoned on the Isle of Wight, Charles forged an alliance with Scotland, but by the end of 1648 Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army had consolidated its control over England. Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared. The monarchy was restored to Charles's son, Charles II, in 1660.

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On a mount - about 80 yards - to the rear of this tablet Charles I raised his standard August 25th 1642.

St James Terrace, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they raised his standard

Charles I raised his Standard near here before the Civil War 1642

King Charles Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they raised his standard

Near this site Charles I raised his Royal Standard on August 22nd 1642 an act which marked the beginning of the English Civil War

Castle grounds, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they raised his standard

His Majesty King Charles I passed through this hall and out of a window nearly over this tablet to the scaffold in Whitehall where he was beheaded on 30th January 1649

Horse Guards Avenue, London, United Kingdom where they passed through

Star and Garter stood here rebuilt 1836 coaching inn formerly an Elizabethan house where King Charles I stayed 17 October 1642

Pizza Hut, Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom where they stayed

Site of the principal entrance of the ancient walled and fortified town c.1521- c.1780. Beverley Gate. Here Sir John Hotham, the Governor, denied entry in 1642 to King Charles I - the first overt act of the Civil War.

Ruins of Beverley Gate, Hull, United Kingdom where they was denied entry

The Swan Hotel King John is reputed to have stayed at a hostelry in 1216 and King Charles I in 1646 (after his defeat at Naseby)

The Swan Hotel, 29 High Street, Downham Market, United Kingdom where they reputedly stayed

The Crown Inn Near here formerly stood this most famous of Rochester inns. Built before 1316 its landlord was Simon Potyn. Ann of Cleeves, Queen Mary Tudor, King Philip of Spain, Queen Elizabeth, and King Charles I. stayed here

Gundulph Sq, Rochester, United Kingdom where they stayed

The Coat of Arms of Charles I. The Coat of Arms above the entrance is that of Charles I who stayed in the King's Manor in 1633 and 1639. His father James I (James VI of Scotland) whose monogram appears on the doorway had introduced the unicorn the supporter of Scotland into the royal arms. The lion is the supporter of England. The two beast hold lances with the flags of St Andrew and St George. The fleur-de-lis of France and the harp of Ireland can also be seen. Note the N of the word MOИ. The coat of arms was restored by the York Civic Trust in 1972.

King's Manor, Exhibition Square, York, United Kingdom where they stayed (1633-1639)

The King's Manor. A house was built on this site c.1270 as a Residence for the Abbot of St. Mary's Abbey but was substantially rebuilt in the late 15th century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 it became, until 1641, the Headquarters of the Council of the North and the Residence of its Presidents who added to the buildings. Henry VIII, Charles I and James I stayed there. Since 1963 it has been occupied by the University of York.

Exhibition Square, York, United Kingdom where they stayed

King Charles I 1625 - 1649 This bronze statue was made in 1633 for Lord Treasurer Weston by Hubert Le Sueur. It was aquired for the Crown and set up here in 1675. The carved work of the pedestal being executed by Joshua Marshall

King Charles I statue, Charing Cross near Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom where they is commemorated

Charles I and the Civil War On the 5th May 1646 at 7.00 a.m. Charles I arrived at 'The King's Head' from Stamford, disguised as a clergyman. Here he spent his last hours of freedom before being taken to Kelham to the Scottish Army Commander. He was later handed over to the English Parliamentary Army.

Saracen's Head, Market Place, Southwell, United Kingdom where they was (1646-16446)

Site of The Greyhound Inn Where in July 1647 King Charles I met his children James, Duke of York, Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Elizabeth. This was arranged by the Parliamentary leader, Sir Thomas Fairfax. The local people decked the King's route with green boughs and strewed it with flowers.

66 High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1PY, Maidenhead, United Kingdom where they was

Erected in 1584, Porch House is Northallerton's oldest house, Charles I stayed here as a guest in 1640 and as a prisoner in 1647.

68-70 High Street, Northallerton, United Kingdom where they stayed (1640)

On this site formerly stood Anderson Place in which King Charles I was prisoner from 13th May 1646 to 3rd February 1647 during the Scottish occupation of the city.

Market Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they was imprisoned

Governor's Tree. Site of the Governor's Tree, where important visitors to Tynemouth were met as they disembarked in Pow Burn. These visitors included King Charles I in 1633 and King Henry VIII's commissioners, when they came to dispossess the monks of Tynemouth Priory in 1539.

Tynemouth Road, Tynemouth, United Kingdom where they was

Gamul House. Behind this brick façade is a Jacobean Hall, once the home of the Gamull family. Sir Francis Gamull Mayor of Chester 1635-36 and a Royalist supporter in the Civil Ware, entertained King Charles I here from 23-25 September 1645 during the Battle of Rowton Moor.

Lower Bridge Street, Chester, United Kingdom where they was entertained (1645)

This house built A.D. 1934 replaces an ancient posting inn bearing the same sign which stood 100 yds away to the S.W. King Charles 1st. is reputed to have rested there when visiting his troops at Kingstanding during the Civil Wars

The Boar's Head, 340 Aldridge Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, United Kingdom where they rested (1642)

King Charles stood on this tower , Sept 24 1645, and saw his army defeated on Rowton Moor.

Morgan's Mount, City Wall, Chester, United Kingdom where they stood (1645)

The King's Head Hotel Circa mid-17th century, reputedly visited by Charles I in 1645, became a posting inn in the late 17th century. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries stagecoaches left here for London. It now includes the former Monmouth Bank (c 1740) and the County Club (c 1877).

English translation: Gwesty'r Kings Head Adeiladwyd y dafarn tua chanol y 17 ganrif, a daeth yn dafarn bost wedyn. Dywedir i Siarl 1 ymweld a'r adeilad yn 1645. Gadawai'r goets fawr oddi yma i Lundain yn niwedd y 18 ganrif a dechrau'r 19 ganrif. Bu'r adeilad yn gartref i Fanc Trefynwy (1740) a'r County Club (c 1877) hefyd.

The King's Head Hotel - Agincourt Square, Monmouth, United Kingdom where they visited (1645)

Tower House built in 1630 Charles I thought to have slept here on 3rd September 1645

Tower House, Tower Hill, Bromyard, United Kingdom where they slept (1645)

William Stukeley, the noted 18th century antiquary lived in the house opposite, No 9, 1743-48. The structure above was part of the house forming a bridge that spanned the road. It formed Stukeley's study and library. Stukeley claimed that King Charles I spent the last night of freedom in this house, May 1646.

Barn Hill, Stamford, United Kingdom where they stayed near

This house in which Robert Gilchrist the Newcastle poet died in 1844, and in which King Charles I rested when he played golf in the Shieldfield, was devised to the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City and County of Newcastle Upon Tyne by the late Alderman Sir Walter Richard Plummer, D.C.L. 1917. Unveiled by Councillor Mrs. T. Russell 2nd May 1978. This plaque was originally affixed to King Charles House, 23 Shieldfield Green which stood nearby.

Shieldfield Green, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom where they rested

Charles I stayed here on the night of 20 December 1648

28 West Street, Farnham, United Kingdom where they was

On Sunday 27th June 1647. King Charles of blessed memory, having been deprived of the ministrations of his Church for a year and two months, while a prisoner of the Army of the Scots, worshipped in this Church. His chaplains present were Dr Hammond & Dr Sheldon

St. Ethelreda's Church, Hatfield, United Kingdom where they worshipped (1647)