Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Webpage updated: September 23, 2021




Freedom Park, Plymouth.
From a postcard.

Freedom Fields got their name from commemoration mock battles that took place here to celebrate the defeat of the invading French in 1403.

From a postcard.

On September 7th 1891it was announced in the local newspapers that the Memorials Committee of Plymouth Borough Council had decided to erect a pedestal in Freedom Fields with the following inscriptions: On the north side - Upon this spot, on Sunday December 3rd 1643, after hard fighting for several hours, the Roundhead Garrison of Plymouth made their final rally and routed the Cavalier Army, which had surprised the outworks, and well nigh taken the town.  For many years it was the custom to celebrate the anniversary of this victory, long known as the "Sabbath-day Fight", and recorded as the Great Deliverance of the Protracted siege, successfully sustained by troops and townsfolk on behalf of the Parliament against the King under great hardships for more than three years.

On the eastern side - 'General for the King, Prince Maurice.'

On the western side - 'Commander for the Parliament- Colonel Wardlaw'.

Also on the northern side - 'Fought in the Mayoralty of John Cawse, 1643'.  Commemorated in the Mayoralty of J T Bond, 1891.'