Arthur Jones: The Cavalier

Arthur Jones: The Cavalier

Arthur Jones became the owner of Chastleton in 1656, upon the death of his father Henry. He was married to Sarah Eyans.

Escape!

A most interesting event happened just before Arthur inherited Chastleton which led him to being known as 'The Cavalier'. Arthur was a Royalist and had fought at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The loss of this battle marked the end of the Civil War, leaving families like the Jones' on the losing side and subject to heavy fines. 

At the end of the battle, Arthur fled back to Chastleton closely followed by Roundhead soldiers who were searching the area for fugitives. Arthur had managed to hide in a clost over the porch but his tired horse had given away his presence and the soldiers decided to stay the night and continue the search the following day.

The Secret Room off of the Cavalier Room
The Secret Room off of the Cavalier Room
The Secret Room off of the Cavalier Room

Unfortunately the soldiers decided to sleep in the first bedchamber they came to: a room in the south-west corner of the house, off of which lay the closet where Arthur was hiding (now known as the Cavalier Room). 

The Cavalier Room
The Cavalier Room
The Cavalier Room

Arthur's wife Sarah brought laudanum-laced ale for the soldiers to drink, allowing Arthur to slip out of the room and take a fresh horse to make his escape. 

Sarah Eyans, married to Arthur Jones
Sarah Eyans, married to Arthur Jones
Sarah Eyans, married to Arthur Jones

This period marked the downturn in the family's finances as they had supported the 'wrong' side in the Civil War and were subject to many fines because of it.