The execution of Charles I (account by Philip Henry, 1649)

Site of execution of Charles I, Banqueting House, WhitehallJanuary 30thOn this day in 1649, Charles I was executed for treason outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall.  Philip Henry wrote of the event:

“At the later end of the year 1648 I had leave to goe to London to see my Father, & during my stay there at that time at Whitehal it was that I saw the Beheading of King Charles the first … .  On the day of his execution, … I stood amongst the crowd in the street before Whitehal gate, where the scaffold was erected, and saw what was done, but was not so near as to hear any thing.  The Blow I saw given, & can truly say with a sad heart; at the instant thereof, I remember well, there was such a Grone by the Thousands there present, as I never heard before & desire I may never hear again … ”.

Clock above Horse Guards' Parade with hour of execution blacked out

Clock above Horse Guards’ Parade with hour of execution blacked out

Site of Charles I's execution in Whitehall

Site of Charles I’s execution in Whitehall

Hubert le Sueur's equestrian statue of Charles I at the end of Whitehall (1633)

Hubert le Sueur’s equestrian statue of Charles I at the end of Whitehall (1633)

The site is visited on our “St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey” standard walk, and on our “Tudor and Stuart London” and “Rebellious London” themed specials.

Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of the web-site.  Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” page, by email lostcityoflondon@sky.com, or by phone (020-8998-3051).

 

3 thoughts on “The execution of Charles I (account by Philip Henry, 1649)

  1. Aimen

    This is a good website and has been helpful towards my History studies etc.
    However, there are some spelling mistakes; ‘grone’ should be ‘groan’.

    Reply

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