A Winter Skirmish: The Battle of Yarm, 1643

Exhibition and Events

In commemoration of the 375th anniversary of an encounter between the Royalists and Parliamentarians, we are putting on an exhibition and a series of events about this battle at Yarm and the Civil War of the 17th Century. This project has been made possible by support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Fought on 1 February 1643 between an attacking force of Royalist supporters and defending Parliamentarians, this encounter resulted in the Royalists capturing the strategically vital bridge at Yarm. The outnumbered Parliamentarian defenders were quickly driven away in what was a small, but important, local battle. Just as today, Yarm Bridge was one of the main crossings of the River Tees and was key to the Royalists’ war effort.