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Great Staughton and its people by Anthony Withers, Chapter 13

2000 Years of English History.

This book is about the remarkable people from this modest Huntingdonshire village who, over thepast two millennia of England’s history, exercised power and influence both locally and on the national stage. The book gives a detailed biography of each of these characters, setting their lives in the wider context of English history from the time of the Romans to the present day.

An introduction to Chapter 13: Valentine Walton: curriculum vitae of a regicide

If there is one man from Great Staughton who left his definitive mark on history, it is Valentine Walton. At the foot of the fifth column of Charles I’s death warrant, you will find the signature of our man, although he chose to sign himself Wauton instead of Walton, the name by which he is recorded in all the documents bearing his signature. His fate remains unlamented to this day in his native village but he is part of England’s history, and however repellent the role he played in the killing of the lawful king, his story deserves to be told.

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Death warrant of Charles I. Valentine Wauton's signature is at the foot of Column 5



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