The Battle of Cheriton
by Ellen Castelow
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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Date: 29 March, 1644
War: English Civil War
Location: Near Cheriton, Hampshire
Belligerents: Royalists and Parliamentarians
Numbers: Royalists around 6,000, Parliamentarians around 10,000.
Casualties: Royalists 300, Parliamentarians 60.
Commanders: Lord Hopton (Royalists), Sir William Waller (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|