now from the Castle towards the town centre you will pass the Woolpack Inn. Now a pub, it
was built around 1452 as a rich merchant's house and would have been
about 200 years old at the time of the Civil War. The roomy building
would have provided ideal accommodation for soldiers. Originally the
Woolpack had 3 bays, with the upper floors of the side bays jettied
forward, as may be seen with the surviving right-hand bay. The left hand
bay was removed at some point, possibly after the siege as it could have
been damaged beyond repair.
House, now the Bakers Oven, belonged to another rich merchant,
its copious timber framing indicated high status. This, together
with its position close enough to military headquarters in the
castle to permit speedy access, meant it was certain to be
commandeered by the Royalist forces.
Now open as a
cafe, provides the opportunity to explore the insides of the
building including the upper floors. It was used as the
Governors House for the duration of the war.
Nat West Bank now stands on the site of Alderman Hercules Clays house. A
plaque high on the wall gives details. The house was destroyed by a bomb
in 1643 that was aimed at the Governors House. The Alderman had 3 dreams
that his home would be destroyes and moved his family out just in time
to a place of safety. He bequeathed a thank you offering to the town of
£100 and gave £100 to the vicar on condition that he preached a sermon
on the 11th March every year - this still continues today.
are now at the market square. A vibrant market takes
place on Saturdays. Visit the Buttermarket beneath the
Town Hall with its unusual shops.
Head on along
to the corner of the square, here The Old White Heart is the
oldest surviving inn in Newark, dating back to the early 14th century.
with the earliest section lying under the carriageway to the
right. The ornate facade of the front section (1459) was
extensively restored in the 1980's, but is authentic in style
and colour as sufficient original material remained for copies
to be made.Soldiers
would certainly have been billeted at the inn.
the square you will see the spire of St Magdelene church, head towards
it past more old shops en-route. Take time to wander around the church
yard.The hole visible in the spire marks the spot where a shot from a
parliamentarian cannon is said to have struck the church in 1644.In the
centre of the churchyard is a plaque in memory of the officers killed in
other sieges of Newark. In the church you will find a plaque dedicated
to Hercules Clay.