Hereford & Worcester

Battle of Worcester becomes theme for new play park

Play area
Image caption The play park includes wooden pikes and cannons

The last battle in the English Civil War has been commemorated in a new play park near the site.

Cromwell's army crossed the River Severn on a bridge of boats to fight in the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

The area where his army gathered is now a housing estate, and the new play park there includes mounds to represent the boats, and wooden pikes and cannons.

David Tibbut, Mayor of Worcester, said: "It's more than a play area - it's a history lesson too."

The only memorial on the battlefield is a plaque at Powick Bridge, which was defended by the army of King Charles II.

The Battle of Worcester Society are commemorating the 360th anniversary of the battle with a week of events in September including two re-enactments.

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