Historic documents revealing details of a Civil War surrender in Lichfield are being sold off.

The rare pamphlet, printed for the House of Commons on 18th July 1646 is one of a number of documents set to go under the hammer at auction.

The item records a Royalist surrender in The Close at Lichfield Cathedral, listing “commanders, officers and gentleman of quality that were in The Close at surrender thereof”.

The letter written on behalf of Thomas Lightwood

Also being sold is a centuries-old letter written on behalf of former civil war soldier Thomas Lightwood whose efforts to become a doctor serving the people of Lichfield were jeopardised by the war.

In July 1677, a letter was sent to Thomas Wood, Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, asking for Mr Lightwood to be granted a licence to practice medicine as the conflict had prevented him completing his university studies.

The letter, written on the soldier’s behalf by Godrey Meynell,  said:

“Mr Thomas Lightwood of Bradley in ye County of Derby, Batchelour of Arts & six years resident in ye University of Cambridge, but by reason of ye late unhappy wars (wherein he took up armes for his late Majesty King Charles ye first) being disappointed of taking any further degree…now desire a licence to practise in physick, Lichfield.”

The letter written on behalf of Thomas Lightwood

The items are among a collection uncovered by Hansons Auctioneers’ associate director Jim Spencer.

They will be sold at Bishton Hall on 12th December with a guide price of £300-£500.

“Anyone interested in Lichfield’s history will be fascinated”

Mr Spencer, head of books and works on paper at Hansons, said: “It’s astonishing to think these manuscripts and pamphlets are still intact nearly four centuries after they were produced.

“They have come to light thanks to a Midlands vendor.

“Anyone interested in Lichfield’s history will be fascinated. These papers sweep us back through the centuries.

“They provide an insight into a war which affected the area more than 370 years ago and reveal the personal impact on one man wishing to serve the people of the city.”

The manuscripts and pamphlets will be auctioned on December 12 at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge.