A talk by Stephen Barker on The Battle of Edgehill – 1642.
Stephen is an independent Heritage adviser working across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire.
The Battle of Edgehill in October 1642 was the first pitched battle of the Civil War. Around 15,000 men on each side fought what was intended to be the decisive battle between Royalists and Parliamentarians although it ended with nearly 4,000 dead or wounded but no decisive victor. The Civil War would go on to claim proportionately more English lives than WW1.
The talk explains the political and military context, yet includes a significant number of personal stories, anecdotes and legends relating to those caught up in the actions. It also highlights the current archaeological surveys of the site and the resulting interpretations.
Our trip in May will include a guided tour of the battlefield site