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The Battle of Chalgrove Field

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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. 

Click here for a battlefield map.

Key Facts:

Date: 17th June, 1463

War: English Civil War

Location: Near Chalgrove, Oxfordshire

Belligerents: Royalists and Parliamentarians

Victors: Royalists

Numbers: Royalists around 1,000, Parliamentarians around 1,150.

Casualties: Royalists negligable, Parliamentarians negligable.

Commanders: Prince Rupert (Royalists - pictured below), Sir Philip Stapleton (Parliamentarians)


The Battle of Chalgrove Field

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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