Plots, Intrigue and Treason:

Hull in the Civil War

4 July-21 September 2017

Hull History Centre Arcade

Charles I Demanding Entrance at the Beverley Gate, Hull, 23rd April 1642

Detail from Charles I Demanding Entrance at the Beverley Gate, Hull, 23rd April 1642 by George Arnald, 1819, from the Ferens Art Gallery collections

In April 1642 Sir John Hotham, acting on behalf of Parliament, denied King Charles I entry into Hull at Beverley Gate.

Sir John Hotham on horseback

Join us at our summer exhibition to find out more about this pivotal moment on the road to the English Civil War. Original material held in Hull and the East Riding illustrates the wider context of the Beverley Gate incident and tells the story of Sir John Hotham.

Discover the two sieges of Hull, why Queen Henrietta Maria visited Bridlington, a propaganda war (seventeenth century style), and the story of how Sir John Hotham became a hero, then a traitor - and ultimately met his fate at the Tower of London.