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Set out below is a simplified account of the escape. The table cross references to the pages on locations and heroes of the escape. A list of the places where Charles is believed to have slept during the escape can be found here.

(Julian Callendar)
Charles' movements and related actionKey locations:Principal assistance provided by:
13 September 1651After the Royalist forces were defeated at the Battle of Worcester, Charles escaped from St Martin's Gate and rode north with a group of officers, pausing for a brief conference at Barbourne Bridge. Near Kinver, they regrouped and agreed a plan to ride North try to cross into Wales and then sail to France. Charles Giffard, a recusant riding with Charles, suggested Boscobel House, owned by his family, as a good overnight resting place, but Whites Ladies, one mile away on the same estate, was decided to be better as it was more remote. 1. Powick Bridge
2. Confluence of Teme and Severn
3. Worcester Cathedral
4. Commandery, Worcester
5. Fort Royal, Worcester
6. King Charles House, Worcester
7. Site of St Martin's Gate, Worcester
8. Barbourne Bridge
9. King's Arms, Ombesley
10. The Manor House at Whittington, Kinver
11. Stourbridge town centre
1. Lord Wilmot - Officer, stayed with Charles; he was to assist him throughout the journey
2. Robert Swan - manservant to Wilmot
3. Lord Derby - Officer, accompanies Charles before riding off with most of the party towards Scotland. Was captured and executed.
4. Charles Giffard - Officer, a prominent recusant, was the owner of White Ladies and Boscobel House
5. Francis Yates I - a servant, acted as guide through the later part of the day's journey; he was subsequently executed by Cromwell for his part in the escape.
24 September 1651Charles arrived at White Ladies in early hours of the morning with Lord Wilmot, his main ally throughout the escape, and received considerable assistance from the Penderel family. He hid in woods at Spring Coppice during the day and that night walked to Madeley Court disguised as woodsman, with Richard Penderel, intent on crossing the Severn. On the way, there was a meal at Hobbal Grange and a fracas with a miller at Evelith Mill.12. White Ladies Priory ruins
13. Spring Coppice
14. Hobbal Grange ruins
15. Evelith Mill
6. John Penderel - woodsman at White Ladies
7. George Penderel - servant at White Ladies
8. Richard Penderel - tenant at Hubbal Grange
9. William Penderel - caretaker at Boscobel
10. Jane Penderel - wife of William
11. Humphrey Penderel - miller at White Ladies
12. Francis Yates II - Brother in Law of the Penderels
35 September 1651Royalists, Wolfe and Everel scouted the Severn and concluded it was impassable owing to the presence of Cromwell's troops. Charles hid in barn at Madeley during day and at night walked back, having difficulty crossing Wesley Brook but eventually arriving at Boscobel House.16. Madeley Barn
17. Wesley Brook
13. Francis Wolfe - owner of Madeley Court, provided a meal and the barn for shelter.
14. Richard Everel - servant at Madeley Court
46 September 1651Charles spent the day in the famous pollarded oak tree at Boscobel supported by Major Careless and then the evening in a priest hole.18. Boscobel House
19. Royal Oak at Boscobel
15. Major William Careless - had fought at Worcester, was with Charles in the tree
57 September 1651Charles rode to Moseley Old Hall at 2:00am with the Penderel brothers. At Penderford Mill, three brothers returned home with the horses and Charles continued with the other two on foot. 20. Pendeford Mill
21. Moseley Old Hall
68 September 1651Charles stayed Moseley Old Hall, hiding briefly in priest hole during the day.16. Thomas Whitgreave - owner of Moseley Old Hall
17. Father John Huddleston - Chaplin at Moseley Old Hall, provided spiritual guidance and bathed Charles' feet.
79 September 1651Charles started out in early hours and travelled to Bentley Hall, home of Colonel John Lane and his sister Jane.22. Bentley Hall18. John Lane - owner of Bentley Hall
810 September 1651Charles left Bentley, in the guise of a servant called Will Jackson, heading for Abbots Leigh, near Bristol, with Lord Wilmot, Henry Lascelles and Jane Lane. His horse was re-shod at Bromsgrove and later there was a detour to avoid troops just outside Stratford. Overnight stay at Long Marsden.23. Ye Olde Black Cross, Bromsgrove
24. Kings Lane, Stratford
25. King's Lodge
19. Jane Lane - the Colonel's sister, accompanied Charles to Abbot's Leigh, riding pillion
20. Henry Lascelles - the Colonel's cousin, also accompanied Charles.
911 September 1651They travelled onto Cirencester, staying overnight at an inn.26. The Fleece (possible)
1012 September 1651Arrived at Abbots Leigh, near Bristol and stayed at the grand Old Leigh Court (now demolished). The Nortons, who were the owners of the house, did not penetrate Charles' disguise.27. Old Leigh Court21. John Pope - Butler at Leigh Court, recognised Charles and then worked to assist him
1113 September 1651At Old Leigh Court, Pope, the butler was occupied looking for opportunities to sail from Bristol.
1214 September 1651At Old Leigh Court.
1315 September 1651At Old Leigh Court - Pope established no boats were available from Bristol and suggested the South Coast as a better place to find a passage to France. He also suggested Trent Manor as a place to stay, where the owner, Colonel Wyndham, was a Royalist sympathiser known to Charles.
1416 September 1651Charles set out from Old Leigh Court heading for Trent, with Lascelles and Jane Lane. Wilmot rode on ahead to Trent Manor to make arrangements. Overnight near Castle Cary.28. The Old House, Ansford
1517 September 1651To Trent, stayed at Trent Manor, home of Colonel Francis Wyndham.29. Trent Manor22. Colonel Francis Wyndham - owner of Trent Manor
23. Mrs Anne Wyndham (n‚e Gerard) - wife of the Colonel, heiress to Trent manor
1618 September 1651At Trent Manor.
1719 September 1651At Trent Manor. Wilmot contacted Ellesdon, a merchant in Lyme, who arranged for one of his tenants, Limbry, to take Charles to France from Charmouth, near Lyme Regis, on his small coasting vessel. 24. Captain Ellisdon - merchant
25. Stephen Limbry - Boatman, may not have known Charles true identity, but probably suspected
1820 September 1651At Trent Manor.
1921 September 1651At Trent Manor.
2022 September 1651Rode to Charmouth and waited at Queen's Arms. The cover story for booking rooms at the Inn was that they were a runaway honeymoon party - Wilmot was the groom, Wyndham's cousin Juliana Coningsby the bride and Charles the manservant. Peters and Wyndham also present.30. Elsdon Farm, Monkton Wylde
31. The Abbots House (formerly the Queens Arms), Charmouth
26. Juliana Coningsby - cousin of Wyndham - accompanies the party to Charmouth
27. Henry Peters - Wyndham servant
2123 September 1651Limbry failed to turn up. It seems, his wife had worked out that his business was risky and she prevented him from leaving the house; or perhaps, Limbry hadn't been paid. Next morning, Charles set out for Bridport, where he took a room at the George Inn. Meanwhile, the ostler at the Queen's Arms (Benjamin Westley) had rumbled Charles and had alerted the authorities to his presence in the vicinity. Charles' party Set off back to Trent via the remote Lee Lane but got lost and took refuge at the George Inn in Broadwindsor.32. Old George Inn, Bridport
33. Lee Lane, Bridport
34. King Charles Cottage, The Square, Broadwindsor, on site of George Inn
28. Rhys Jones - landlord of the George Inn
2224 September 1651At daybreak, the soldiers left the village so the Royal party were able to return to Trent Manor.
23 - 3325 September 1651 - 5 October 1651In the morning, Wilmot and Swan rode to Salisbury to plan a passage from somewhere other than Dorset, while Charles remained at Trent Manor for eleven more days, occasionally using the priest hole when troops were in the area. A famous quotation from Anne Wyndham's diaries: "Trent, the ark in which God shut him up when the floods of rebellion had covered the face of his dominions."

Meanwhile, in Salisbury, Wilmot, helped by Robert Phelips and John Coventry made arrangements for Charles to be taken to Heale House, Middle Winterslow, closer to Sussex, where it looked likely that a passage to France could be arranged.
35. The Chapter House (formerly The King's Arms), St John's Street, Salisbury29. Colonel Robert Phelips - Royalist
30. Sir John Coventry - Royalist
346 October 1651Left Trent again, dined at George Inn, Mere and travelled on to Heale House, home of Mrs Hyde.
36. George Inn, Mere
37. Heale House
31. Katherine Hyde, owner of Heale House
32. Lawrence Hyde, nephew of Mrs Hyde
33. Rev Humphrey Henchman, Canon of Salisbury Cathedral
357 October 1651Charles pretended to leave permanently, visited Stonehenge, and returned known only to Mrs Hyde. 38 Stonehenge
36 - 408 October 1651 - 12 October 1651Charles continued at Heale House, hidden in a back room. Meanwhile, Wilmot visited a Royalist, (Gunter), who conferred with a French merchant (Mancel) in Chichester. Together they made arrangements with a Sea Captain (Tattessell) to transport Charles from Shoreham to France in a coal-brig called The Surprise.34. Colonel George Gunter - Royalist
35. Francis Mancell - merchant
36. Captain Nicholas Tattessell - Captain of The Surprise
4113 October 1651Charles left Heale at 2:00am with Phelips. Re-joined Wilmot, Swan and Gunter at Old Winchester Hill and travelled on to Hambledon where he stayed with Gunter's sister, Mrs Symons.39. Old Winchester Hill
40 Broadhalfpenny Down, site of conference
41. Bury Lodge, near cottage now named King's Rest
42. Hinton Daubney House
37. Mrs Ursula Symons - Colonel Gunter's sister
4214 October 1651The party travelled to Brighton, pausing at Houghton. While riding near Bramber bridge they came across a group of soldiers; Charles and Wilmot diverted over the Downs and arrived at the George Inn, Brighton in the evening where the party reconvened and had supper with Tattessell and Mancel. Charles was recognised and an additional fee paid.43. George & Dragon, Houghton
44. Arundel Castle
45. Bramber Bridge
46. George Inn, Brighton
4315 October 1651Charles and Wilmot rode to Shoreham at 4:00am, boarded The Surprise and sailed at 7:00am. Landed at Fécamp, France on the morning of 16 October. Tattessell subsequently bought the Old Ship Inn with his fee for services rendered.47. Shoreham Harbour
48. Old Ship Hotel, Brighton.
38. Richard Kemp - mate of The Surprise