A UNIQUE Civil War ‘double’ that normally takes pride of place in Bromesberrow’s St Mary’s Church, has been on show in one of the key sites of the conflict

Local historian Jan Long took two battle standards - one Royalist one Parliamentarian - to a special Civil War exhibition at Worcester’s Commandery, the ‘Cavalier’ headquarters during the final battle in 1651.

Jan gave an illustrated presentation explaining how the two flags from opposing sides came together in her parish church and she explained that it all came down to a dashing young Royalist cavalry officer, Lieutenant Rhys Yate, whose wealthy family lived at Hook House, Bromesberrow.

She said: “In 1642, Lieutenant Rhys Yate, inspired by a rallying call from King Charles I, and his nephew Prince Rupert, rode off to fight at Edge Hill. During the battle Yate’s commanding officer had been carrying the Royalist White Standard when Cromwell’s soldiers felled him."