ST9965 : Beacon Hill, Bromham CP

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

Beacon Hill, Bromham CP
Beacon Hill, Bromham CP
This is a view to the north-east from about halfway up the escarpment that defines Beacon Hill. It is characterised by a number of deep cuttings into the chalk. On 13th July 1643 during the English Civil War it was the scene of a defeat of Parliamentary forces by Royalists following the Battle of Roundway Down. At the end of the battle, had you been stood here, you would have seen the Roundheads and their horses came tumbling down the scarp towards you to end in a pile of broken bodies at the foot of the hill. Not surprisingly the area became known as 'Bloody Ditch' following the rout by the Cavaliers. There are related images here SU0065 : Access land west of the Mid Wilts Way, 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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ST9965, 24 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 14 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 14 October, 2009
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Land > Access land   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 999 650 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.0752N 2:0.1264W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 999 650
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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