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Lostwithiel becomes even more historic

Friday 26th July 2013

Lostwithiel has become even more historic after an important battlefield site has been added to the English Heritage register.

The Battle of Lostwithiel in 1664 is regarded as a key turning point of the Civil War. The Royalist forces of Charles I won one of their biggest victories against the Parliamentarians close to Restormel Castle, during two battles that took place in August and September 1644.

The exact sites where the fighting occurred have been located by the Battlefields Trust following archaeological work and research in the archives. The battlefield sites have now been added to the National Heritage List which protects historically significant sites from development.

Charles I was present during the battle and is said to have slept with his troops under a hedge.

Read more in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

In other historic news, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that the signal box at Lostwithiel along with 25 others across the country have been given Grade II listed status.

The signal boxes in Lostwithiel and Par date back to Victorian times. The number of signal boxes in use has dropped from 10,000 to 500 in the last 70 years.

Read more on the Cornish Guardian website.