We had a sweet tooth for last week's Sunday Snap which featured the birthplace of a famous Derbyshire pudding. I asked which town the pudding was named after and the answer is
For this week I've paid a visit the town of my fathers – Newark. This Nottinghamshire town is known for two things – a once thriving brewery industry (my great-great-grandfather owned the Cromwell Brewery in Newark) and its ruined castle. The original parts of the castle date from the 12th century. It didn't have the most auspicious start to its history as in 1216 King John died in the castle after contracting dysentery. The most important period of its history was its role in the English Civil War. The town came under siege three times and was completely cut off from other towns for six months before eventually surrendering in 1646. The castle was 'slighted' or deliberately destroyed in order in make it unusable for future campaigns. In the 1840s the castle was partly restored using some modern bricks but it largely remains a shell. Newark Castle is now both a Scheduled Ancient Monument as a nationally important historic building and a Grade I listed building. For this week's question I'm going to give you a 50/50 chance of getting it right!
Was Newark a Royalist or Parliamentarian town during the Civil War?
We were joined last week by Cheryl and a giant gingerbread man. Kara has been viewing the big wheel and the bath tub race. For Susan there has been baking and birthdays.
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