|Bentley Hall in 1686. Summer house on the left, |
banqueting house and stables on the right.
|Miniature of Col. John Lane and|
pouncet box given to Jane Lane by Charles
The original plan had been that Charles would make his way to Wales and find a ship from there, and that his friend Lord Wilmot would ride with Jane, pretending to be her servant, and he would set sail from Bristol. But now it was the king himself who would be riding with Jane, in the persona of Will Jackson, the son of a tenant farmer of the Lanes.
|Jane Lane about 1652. |
This portrait hangs at Mosely Old Hall and is used
by gracious permission of the National Trust.
|Stables at Bentley Hall, about 1908|
|Stables at Bentley, about 1908, from The Flight of the King.|
It was here that Charles's and Lord Wilmot's horses were hidden
while Wilmot was at Moseley, which was close to the road.
|An old print showing Jane Lane, riding pillion|
behind Charles, and Henry Lascelles
|Hunting and hawking|
|Packingon Old Hall|
Jane's home after she married Sir Clement Fisher in 1663.
|Packington Old Hall, Meriden, Warwickshire, where Wilmot|
and John Lane went to see Jane's future husband, Sir Clement Fisher.
Steve and Jean Emmit. She is riding pillion.
As you can see, the lady has to snuggle up to the man. Sexy!
Photo provided by Natalie Wooldridge.
|Photos of pillions from In the Saddle,|
provided by Mike Glasson of the Walsall Leather Museum
|Alice in front of the Black Cross, the inn|
|The old smithy at the Black Cross at Bromsgrove|
As Charles was posing as a servant, it was up to him to take the horse to be attended to, which he almost certainly had never done, and here he was to come face to face for the first time with people who might recognize him. The Penderels had coached him so that he moved more like a countryman than a king, and, as he was apparently a gifted mimic, he could imitate the local accent. He decided to see how well he could so, and described the incident to Samuel Pepys many years later.
|Blacksmith's shop; early 20th century|
|Jane Lane riding pillion behind Charles|
from a painting at the Houses of Parliament
17th century cavalryman.
Photo from Xerones's photostream on Flickr.
|The home of Jane's cousins John and Amy Tomes|
|Fireplace in the Tomes house, Long Marston|
|Jack in the kitchen at Long Marston|
|Tomes house in about 1908|
sketch from The Flight of the King
old stone marketplace stall
|Cirencester in an old print|
|Fire iron in Crown Inn, Cirencester|
with royal coat of arms, probably dating from 17th century
|Cirencester marketplace, October 2009|
|Interior of Crown Inn, Cirencester|
The Crown, Cirencester
Photo by Alice Northgreaves
|Wall of church, Cirencester|
|Church wall, Cirencester|
|Church at Cirencester|
|Wheelbarrow outside church at Cirencester.|
Note the stone cobbling of the marketplace.