The Battle of Cheriton

The start of the 1644 campaigning season in the English Civil War found Sir Ralph Hopton’s 6,000 strong Royalist…

The start of the 1644 campaigning season found Sir Ralph Hopton’s 6,000 strong Royalist (Cavalier) army facing a Parliamentarian (Roundhead) force of 10,000 men commanded by Sir William Waller. Although the Royalists enjoyed some initial success, the battle eventually turned in favour of Waller.

The Parliamentarian victory halted the Royalists advance out of the southwest, and ultimately on to London.

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Key Facts:

Date: 29 March, 1644

War: English Civil War

Location: Near Cheriton, Hampshire

Belligerents: Royalists and Parliamentarians

Victors: Parliamentarians

Numbers: Royalists around 6,000, Parliamentarians around 10,000.

Casualties: Royalists 300, Parliamentarians 60.

Commanders: Lord Hopton (Royalists), Sir William Waller (Parliamentarians)


The Battle of Cheriton

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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