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Civil war  

The first part of the 17th century was a time of quiet prosperity and growth for the school but, inevitably, it was torn by bitterly divided loyalties in the Civil War. A former pupil, Sir Thomas Aston, seized Macclesfield for the King, provoking parliamentarians to attack and occupy the town in 1643. A school governor, Colonel Legh of Adlington, then arrived post-haste with royalist forces, only to be confronted by the father of two boys in the school, Colonel Mainwaring, who ‘did dryve him hence and hee disgysed in a Soldyer’s habit escaped.’ When the war was over, it was another former pupil, John Bradshaw, who presided over the Parliamentary Court which tried Charles I and ordered his execution in 1649.

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