Early in June 1643, news of a nearby convoy carrying £21,000 of parliamentary pay reached the ears of the Royalist Commander Prince Rupert. Unable to resist such rich pickings, on the afternoon of 17 June 1643 Rupert set off from Oxford to intercept the convoy.
Although he failed to locate the convoy, Rupert successfully raided the Parliamentarian quarters at Postcombe and Chinnor, killing and wounding many enemy soldiers in the process.
Engaged in a tactical withdrawal back to Oxford, Rupert found himself being chased by Parliamentarian troops. Ignoring all advice to the contrary, Rupert turned his horse and followed by his 1,000 strong cavalry charged the enemy.
The fight was short and sharp, with the Parliamentarian troops breaking rank and fleeing over the nearby hill to Easington.
Date: 17th June, 1463
War: English Civil War
Location: Near Chalgrove, Oxfordshire
Belligerents: Royalists and Parliamentarians
Numbers: Royalists around 1,000, Parliamentarians around 1,150.
Casualties: Royalists negligable, Parliamentarians negligable.
Commanders: Prince Rupert (Royalists - pictured below), Sir Philip Stapleton (Parliamentarians)
More Battles in the English Civil War:
|Battle of Edgehill||23 October, 1642|
|Battle of Braddock Down||19 January, 1643|
|Battle of Hopton Heath||19 March, 1643|
|Battle of Stratton||16 May, 1643|
|Battle of Chalgrove Field||18 June, 1643|
|Battle of Adwalton Moor||30 June, 1643|
|Battle of Lansdowne||5 July, 1643|
|Battle of Roundway Down||13 July, 1643|
|Battle of Winceby||11 October, 1643|
|Battle of Nantwich||25 January, 1644|
|Battle of Cheriton||29 March, 1644|
|Battle of Cropredy Bridge||29 June, 1644|
|Battle of Marston Moor||2 July, 1644|
|Battle of Naseby||14 June, 1645|
|Battle of Langport||10 July 1645|
|Battle of Rowton Heath||24 September, 1645|
|Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold||21 March, 1646|
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