THE PUTNEY DEBATES 1647
PUTNEY IN 1647
PUTNEY in 1647
Putney had experienced several upheavals as a result of the war. Soldiers had passed through or been billetted, several times bringing plague with them. The most important landholder, Sir Thomas Dawes, whose father Sir Abraham had done extremely well out of the King as a farmer of the customs, suffered heavy fines and long imprisonments, and was to lose most of his lands.
Henry Ireton, who played such a prominent part in the Debates,
stayed at Henry Campion’s
near the corner of the High Street and Putney Bridge Road. Thomas Rainborow was able to stay at his brother’s house in
Fulham. The agitators
lodged at Hammersmith, and presumably passed to and fro on the river,
but they met at least once at Hugh
Hubbert’s house, close to Putney church.
While the Army’s headquarters were at Putney officers and
soldiers must have been a familiar sight on the streets, and a great
deal of political debate must have taken place in houses great and
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