On what is now the Exchange Street part of St Anne's Square, the Eagle & Child Tavern stood, around 360 years ago. It was 1642 when the onset of the Civil War in Manchester led to the Royalist faction of Manchester inviting Lord Strange, the son of the Earl of Derby and prominent land owner, to Manchester. The Royalists dined at the Eagle & Child Tavern, whereupon they were attacked by militant artisans and parliamentarians. Strange narrowly avoided being shot and many of the Royalists were injured. The one man was killed outside the pub was the first official casualty of the Civil War .
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