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Henry Brooke, 1st Baronet (died 1664) was an English soldier and
politician. Brooke was a great-grandson of Richard Brooke, who
purchased Norton Priory from Henry VIII in 1545. His father was Sir
Richard Brooke of Norton (died 10 April 1632) and his mother was
Catherine Neville (the daughter of Sir Henry Neville of
Billingbere). At the outbreak of the Civil War, Henry Brooke
declared his support for Parliament in 1642 by signing the Cheshire
Remonstrance. In so doing, he became the only major Parliamentary
supporter in the north-west of the Bucklow Hundred. In 1643 he was
appointed a colonel in the parliamentary army and in 1644 he was
made High Sheriff of Cheshire, a post he held for four years. By
early 1643 most of Brooke's immediate neighbours were powerful
Royalists, in particular Sir John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers of
Rocksavage and Sir Thomas Aston of Aston. Further afield the
Royalist leader of Lancashire was James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby.
Brooke's house, Norton Priory had been well prepared for an attack.
On 28 February 1643 Royalist forces arrived at Norton Priory.
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