When did the English Civil War begin?
The first military action (of sorts) took place at Hull in January 1642, which refused to admit Charles I or his troops into the city. In August 1642 Charles I 'raised his standard') at Nottingham (in other words, called on all loyal subjects to fight for him). By then, there was already widespread fighting at local level. The first major battle is generally given as the Battle of Powick Bridge (Worcestershire) on 23 September 1642. This was followed in October by the first well known battle - Edge Hill.
"The English Civil War" was actually a series of conflicts which lasted from 1643 to 1651. ---- The English Civil War was made up of three parts. The first civil war was from 1642 to 1646. The second civil war was from 1648 to 1649. The third civil war was from 1649 to 1651. The whole is referred to as a single war, the English Civil War. 1642 - 1651