SU0064 : Towards Roundway Down, Bromham CP

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

Towards Roundway Down, Bromham CP
Towards Roundway Down, Bromham CP
The photograph is unremarkable and I wouldn't have taken it but for the historical significance of the area hereabouts. In the far distance just to the left of the clump on the horizon are two telecoms masts. They are located on Morgan's Hill almost 4 kilometres away to the north-east. Between Morgan's Hill and the viewpoint on the plateau is Roundway Down. 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 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 the viewpoint where they literally fell off the battlefield down the steep face of Beacon Hill. The Parliamentarians took months to recover from the defeat.

For views of what became known as 'Bloody Ditch' see LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link For a closer look at Morgan's Hill see LinkExternal link

A useful oversight of the battle area is in this pdf LinkExternal link
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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 14 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 15 October, 2009
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Farmland   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 002 646 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.8702N 1:59.8936W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 001 646
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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