A Royal Interlude
his escape from England after the Battle of Worcester in
September, 1651, King Charles II passed through our area.
Having tried to escape into Wales and finding his way
blocked at the river Severn, Charles returned to Boscobel House
where he spent some time in the famous oak tree, before
travelling on to Moseley Old Hall. It may well have been in
Pendeford that a famous exchange between the King and Humphrey
the miller took place.
The latter was leading the horse on which Charles was riding and
as the ground was miry and the horse blundering, the king bid
Humphrey to have a care. The miller answered that the horse had carried many a heavier
weight in his time but now had a better price on his back, the
price of three Kingdoms and therefore would not now shame his
crossed the river Penk near Pendeford Hall, the
king arrived at Pendeford Old Mill where he dismounted from
the "dull jade" and for more security continued the remainder of
the journey of about two miles, on foot across the meadows
leading to Moseley.