Division and the Outbreak of Civil War: Hull, 1642

A painting of a gate outside the City of Hull during the English Civil War.

Events in Hull in the spring and summer of 1642 have been called by historians ‘the spark that lit the powder keg of civil war’. In this resource, we examine these events, focusing on:

  • Sir John Hotham’s refusal to allow King Charles I entry into Hull on 23 April 1642
  • the royalist siege of Hull that followed in July 1642.

We will also explore the role of flooding in helping the town of Hull repel the royalist attack in July 1642 and find out more about the role water played in Hull’s reputation as a military stronghold on the eve of Civil War.

This learning resource aligns with AQA A-level History, Component 2E: The English Revolution, 1625-1660, Week 20: Division and the Outbreak of Civil War.

The background reading and activities in this resource should together take around 90 minutes to complete.

You can also download a PDF workbook for this resource.

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