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Battle of Worcester - Cromwell intervenes
Map of the Batlle of Worceste
The rough position in the late afternoon
Follow the ebbs and flows of the Battle of Worcester as it developed on the 3rd of September 1651.
Battle map
Battle timeline
Battle pictures
Charles' army
Cromwell's army
What happened afterwards
Charles II - TV series
Commandery Civil War museum
Sealed Knot
English Civil War Society

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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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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.
Cromwell saw the problems his right flank were having holding back the Royalist attacks and rushed back across the pontoon bridge with three brigades of troops.

The numerical superiority and better discipline of the New Model Army now swung the battle decisively in the Parliamentarian forces favour.

The Scots lost their third commander as Hamilton was wounded by cannon shot.

He was taken to the Commandery (now a civil war museum) where he died from his wounds.

Legend has it that Cromwell offered him the services of one of his surgeons, but that Hamilton refused to be treated by anyone other than a Royalist doctor.

The Parliamentary forces were able to take the key position of Fort Royal, overlooking the Sidbury gate, and turned its guns on the defenders.

Charles's position was now very grave, with parliamentarian troops closing in on three sides and his won troops routed.
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