John Sharp and Thomas Fairfax green plaque in Bradford

John Sharp, Dean of Norwich 1681, Dean of Canterbury 1689, Archbishop of York 1691-1713 was born in the year 1644 in a house which formerly stood near this spot. The same house served as the headquarters of Lord Fairfax a commander in the Parliamentary Forces during the Civil War when Bradford was besieged.

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron (17 January 1612 – 12 November 1671) was a general and parliamentary commander-in-chief during the English Civil War. An adept and talented commander, Fairfax led Parliament to many victories, notably the crucial battle of Naseby, becoming effectively military ruler of the new republic, but was eventually overshadowed by his subordinate Oliver Cromwell, who was more politically adept and radical in action against Charles I. Fairfax became unhappy with Cromwell's policy and publicly refused to take part in Charles's show trial. Eventually he resigned leaving Cromwell to control the republic. Because of this, and also his honourable battlefield conduct and his active role in the Restoration of the monarchy after Cromwell's death, he was exempted from the retribution exacted on many other leaders of the revolution. His dark hair and eyes and a swarthy complexion earned him the nickname "Black Tom".

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