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The Attack on Lord Chandos' Coach, Cirencester Market Place, Gloucestershire, August 1642

Photo credit: Bingham Library and Art Gallery Foundation

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The people of Cirencester were determined supporters of Parliament during the Civil War, the ferocity of their anti-Royalist feelings expressed in full in this narrative painting. In August 1642 Lord Chandos arrived by coach to execute the Commission of Array to enlist men for the King’s service. He escaped but his coach was hacked to pieces, the first overt act of violence in the Civil War. This large oil painting dominated the coffee lounge of the King’s Head for many years.

Bingham Gallery



oil on canvas


H 151 x W 236 cm

Accession number

BLT 120

Acquisition method

purchased by the Bingham Library Trust, 1998

Work type



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1 Dyer Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2PP England

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