The effects of the Civil War in St. Neots in Huntingdonshire
Playing its part in the Civil War, sections of the bridge were dismantled and drawbridges inserted to impede the Kings progress. Similar alterations were made to the bridges of St Ives and Huntingdon.
July 9th 1648 a battle between the forces of the Civil war took place at St Neots. The resident parliamentary forces beat off the Duke of Buckingham and the Earl of Holland. Buckingham escaped as far as Houghton, a village on the river Ouse. The Earl of Holland was captured and executed despite the recognised terms of surrender then in place, a scandal of the time.