ST9964 : 'Bloody Ditch', Beacon Hill, Bromham CP

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

'Bloody Ditch', Beacon Hill, Bromham CP
'Bloody Ditch', Beacon Hill, Bromham CP
The name in the title sadly isn't to be found on the maps. Otherwise it would commemorate the deaths of a large number of cavalrymen and their horses on 13th July 1643. The chain of events that led to their demise can be found in the description of this image SU0064 : Towards Roundway Down, Bromham CP Other views in or near 'Bloody Ditch' are here ST9965 : Beacon Hill, Bromham CP and SU0065 : Access land west of the Mid Wilts Way, Bromham CP References to 'Bloody Ditch' and the Battle of Roundway Down can readily be found by search engines.
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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Friday, 16 October, 2009
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Land > Access land   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 999 647 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.8917N 2:0.0919W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 999 646
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