|The road between Boscobel and Whiteladies, October 2009|
|Countryside near Whiteladies|
|Courtyard of Wolfe's house, Madeley|
Penderel knocked on the door, but when he told Wolfe he had a man with him who had escaped from the battle at Worcester, Wolfe said “it was soe dangerous a thing to harbor any boddy that was knowne, that he would not venture his Neck for any man, unless it were the King himself.” When Penderel said that in fact it was the king who was with him, Wolfe said “he should be very redy to venture all he had in the World to Secure” him.
|Wolfe's house in Madeley, from The Flight of the King|
|Interior of the barn at Madely|
from The Flight of the King
Wolfe gave the king and Penderel some cold meat, and they spent the rest of the night and all the next day in the barn, hiding behind some corn and hay. In the evening, Woolf’s son, just released from being a prisoner at Shrewsbury, arrived home. As soon as it was dark, father and son brought Charles and Penderel some more meat. Charles asked whether they thought he could cross over the Severn into Wales, which they advised him “by noe means to adventure upon, because of the Strict Guards that were kept all along the Severne where any Passage could be found for preventing any Boddyes escapeing that way into Whales.”
Upon hearing this discouraging news, Charles decided he had no other choice but to go back to Boscobel or Whiteladies, where he should be able to reconnect with Wilmot, and execute his original idea of making for London.
There was discussion of whether Charles and Penderel should ride, but they decided it would be less noticeable and safer to walk, so poor Charles, his feet now covered with blood blisters, set out with Penderel for the long walk back.
When they came to the mill where the miller had pursued them the night before, having “noe mind to be questioned a second time,” Charles asked Penderel how deep the river was and whether he could swim. Penderel said “it was a Scurvey River, not easy to be past in all places, and that he could not swimm.” Charles investigated, and finding that the river was “but a little above my middle,” he took Penderel by the hand and helped him across, and they continued through the night toward Boscobel and Whiteladies.
|Ruins of Whiteladies, October 2009|
|Arches at Whiteladies, October 2009|
photo by Alice Northgreaves