Battle of Middleton Cheney, 6th May 1643
The battlefield at Middleton Cheney has recently been surveyed and an interpretation board installed by the Battlefields' Trust. So it would seem impolite if the ECWtravelogue didn't make a visit...
|A newly unveiled memorial in the churchyard|
This night late came a messenger with an Expresse from Banbury to Oxford, declaring what an absolute victory it pleased God to grant the Earle of Northampton over the Rebels at Middleton Cheney, not farre from Banbury
Garrisoned at Banbury the Earl of Northampton received intelligence of a Parliamentarian force advancing towards Banbury from Northampton. He deployed with his own Regiment of Horse and the Prince of Wales’ Regiment of Horse, initially to monitor the advance. To avoid the well defended bridge at Banbury, the parliamentarians cross the River Cherwell at a ford close to Bodicote. As they neared the ford they saw the Royalists deployed on the opposite side of the river with a detachment moving toward them. The Parliamentarian commander ordered a retreat, and was pursued by a Royalist detachment under a Captain Trist. In the ‘Towne Field’, to the south of the village of Middleton Cheney, the Parliamentarians made their stand.
|The newly installed interpretation board|
Northampton brought up the rest of his force, dividing his cavalry into three divisions under the command of Major Daniel, Captain Trist and himself. They charged the Parliamentarians who opened fire with their six pounder drake. The Parliamentarian horse were quickly routed. Rather than pursuing the Parliamentarian horse, they returned and charged the infantry remaining on the field who promptly fled back through Middleton Cheney towards Northampton.
|the 'likely' battlefield, the view from the interpretation board|
What's there now?
|As you head out of Middleton Cheney keep a look out for this fingerpost. Somewhat unhelpfully I took this photo looking towards the village rather than the view from the village (where I recommend that you park)|
Postcodes for SatNavs
All Saint's, Middleton Cheney OX17 2NR
Battlefield interpretation board, Astrop Road OX17 2PQ