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Battle of Worcester - pre battle timeline
Map of the Batlle of Worcester
The rough position before the fighting began
Follow the ebbs and flows of the Battle of Worcester as it developed on the 3rd of September 1651.
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Battle map
Battle timeline
Battle pictures
Charles' army
Cromwell's army
What happened afterwards
Charles II - TV series
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FACTS

The Battle of Worcester took place of September the 3rd 1651

It was between a largely Scottish army under Charles II and the Parliamentary forces under Oliver Cromwell

After losing the battle Charles was forced to flee for his life.

Many of the Scottish soldiers who survived the battle were transported to America

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PRE BATTLE
Blue = Royalist/Scottish forces. Strength around 16,000.
Red = Parliamentary forces. Strength around 30,000
1 = Oliver Cromwell.
2 = Charles II was to watch the battle unfolding from the top of the tower of Worcester cathedral.
3 = Fort Royal.
4 = Bridges of Boats over the Rivers Severn and Teme.
5 = Colonel Charles Fleetwood.
6 = General Richard Deane.
7 = Major General Montgomery.
8 = David Leslie and Scots cavalry.
9 = Major General John Lambert.
10 = Major General Harrison.
11 = Duke of Hamilton.
Charles had been in exile in France and landed in Scotland on the 23rd June 1650.

The Scottish army lost the battle of Dunbar to Cromwell's Parliamentary forces on the
3rd September 1650.

Charles crossed into England at the head of a Scottish army on 1st August 1651.

On the 22nd of August Charles and his army arrived in Worcester and began to fortify the city against the expected attack.

It wasn't until the 27th of August that Cromwell's Parliamentarian forces arrived at Evesham.

Cromwell set about cutting of Charles's escape routes and laying siege to the city.

The Royalists were determined to stop The Parliamentarians crossing to the west bank of the River Severn, and so sent troops to Upton on Severn, and demolished the middle of the bridge.

Unfortunately they left a plank across the middle of the bridge and Major General Lambert's troops fought their way across and into the town.

The famous Pepperpot Tower in Upton still bears the scars of the fighting.

The Scots now took up defensive positions on the Worcester side of the River Teme.

They planned to hold
Powick bridge, the scene of the first clash of the Civil War nine years earlier.

The Parliamentary forces now took up positions on the high ground to the east of the city walls.


   
 
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