SU0065 : Access land west of the Mid Wilts Way, Bromham CP

taken 8 years ago, near to Heddington, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Access land west of the Mid Wilts Way, Bromham CP
Access land west of the Mid Wilts Way, Bromham CP
Beacon Hill is a pleasant and popular area of access land. In essence it is a predominantly west-facing chalk escarpment. Peaceful now, once it was the site of the end-game of the Battle of Roundway Down that took place during the English Civil War. On the 13th July 1643, had you been an observer here, you would have seen the routed cavalry of the Parliamentary forces seeking to escape Royalist forces tumbling end over end down this scarp into what became known as 'Bloody Ditch'. There are related images here ST9965 : Beacon Hill, Bromham CP and here ST9964 : 'Bloody Ditch', Beacon Hill, Bromham CP
The Battle of Roundway Down
Written by Brian Robert Marshall
In 1643 during the English Civil War a famous battle took place between Royalist forces on the one hand and Parliamentary forces on the other. The battle was engendered by the siege of Devizes where Royalists were contained by a Parliamentary army. In response, the King sent a cavalry unit accompanied by two artillery pieces. As that unit came over Morgan's Hill LinkExternal link and advanced south-west it met the Parliamentary forces. It seems that the battle was somewhat one-sided, perhaps because the tactics adopted by the Parliamentarians were inappropriate for the circumstances. In any event, the Royalists prevailed and drove many of the enemy in disarray towards Beacon Hill LinkExternal link where they literally fell off the battlefield down the steep western face of the hill LinkExternal link Thereafter the area below Beacon Hill became known as Bloody Ditch. The Parliamentarians took months to recover from the defeat. Eventually though the Parliamentarians prevailed in England and, after beheading King Charles I in 1649 abolished the monarchy and established a republic called the Commonwealth of England or the Cromwellian Interregnum. It didnít last long and the monarchy was restored in 1660 when Charles Iís son, Charles II regained the throne.
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Wednesday, 14 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 14 October, 2009
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Land > Access land   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 000 651 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.1022N 2:0.0057W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 001 651
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