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The capture of Wakefield occurred on 21 March 1642 when a Parliamentary force under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax surprised the Royalist garrison and successfully stormed the town.


While acting as the rearguard to the army under the command of his father, Ferdinando, Lord Fairfax, Fairfax had been defeated by George, Lord Goring at the battle of Seacroft Moor on 30 March 1643.[1]


On the 21 March 1642 Fairfax's force of about 1,500 men stormed Wakefield which was garrisoned by about 3,000 Royalists. The parliamentarians overwhelmed the defences and captured the town taking about 1,400 prisoners, including Lord Goring, and 28 Royalist colours.[1]


This parliamentary victory temporally changed the balance of power in Yorkshire. However the effect of this engagement was negated when Parliamentary defeat on Aldwalton Moor on 30 June 1643 which gave the Royalists control of much of Yorkshire.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 McKenna 2012, p. 308 footnote 33.


  • Brereton, William (2012). "A Journal of the English Civil War: The Letter Book of Sir William Brereton, Spring 1646". In McKenna, Joseph. McFarland. p. 303 footnote 33. ISBN 9781476600826. 

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