Chalgrove Field, 18th June 1643
A trip down south to that there London gave the ECWtravelogue an excuse to have a teeny detour on the way home to visit Chalgrove Field.
Then a stroke of luck for Charles: Sir John Hurry (often Urry) defects to the King (Sir John is oft described as a Scottish mercenary) providing details of Essex's garrisons and also a convoy carrying pay for Essex's men. Needless to say Prince Rupert is dispatched with a force of 1800 'hand picked' men on the 17th June to pick Essex's pocket.
Early on the 18th Rupert's men storm Essex's positions at Postcombe and Chinnor, but fail in taking the pay convoy. The convoy got wind of Rupert's manoeuvring and hid. Unable to find the convoy, Rupert set out for Oxford. However, he was followed and harried by Parliamentian forces led by Twistleton and Hampden.
Rupert halted his march at Chalgrove, setting a trap for his pursuers at Chislehampton Bridge.
Part of the Prince Rupert 'myth' was created at Chalgrove when he led the charge by leaping over a hedge on horseback. Rupert's men would quickly rout the Parliamentarians.
During the short fight, John Hampden would be mortally wounded; he would die from his wounds six days later.What's there now?
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Postcodes for SatNavs
St Andrew's, Chinnor OX39 4PG
John Hampden memorial and battlefield interpretation board, Warpsgrove Lane OX44 7XZ
Chiselhampton Bridge OX44 7UX