English Civil War with Classic Battlefield Tours

Battle of Cheriton

The Battle of Cheriton with Warwick Louth  – Saturday 7th May

Took place on 29 March 1644 and resulted in the defeat of a Royalist army, which threw King Charles I onto the defensive for the remainder of the year.

Early in 1644, a Royalist army under Lord Hopton faced a Parliamentarian army under Sir William Waller in the southern counties of England. After some reverses during the previous December, culminating in the Battle of Alton, Hopton had withdrawn to Winchester to regroup and recruit. He was joined there by a detachment from the King’s main “Oxford Army” under the Earl of Forth, who unwillingly took command of the army. They resumed their advance eastward early in March.

Waller’s army of the “Southern Association” had also been reinforced by detachments from the main Parliamentarian army under the Earl of Essex and the London Trained Bands, and was advancing westward from his winter quarters near Arundel. Forth and Hopton determined to seize New Alresford, thus placing themselves between Waller and London. They forestalled the Parliamentarian cavalry under Sir William Balfour, and occupied the town late on 27 March.

On 28 March, the Royalists advanced cautiously south from Alresford. An advanced guard under Sir George Lisle occupied an outpost position near Cheriton as night fell and reported that the Parliamentarians were retreating.


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Our guide Warwick Louth will now explain what happened at the Battle of Cheriton and how the Parliamentarian Army defeated the Royalist.

Lunch at the Flower Pot Inn
Followed by a short tour of the Brewery

Option to visit the National Trust property
Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner was built in 1790 but remodelled extensively in 1867. It was remodelled again in the Neo-Georgian style by Trenwith Wills and Lord Gerald Wellesley for Ralph Dutton between 1936 and 1939 to his vision of what it would have been like had it been built on its current scale in 1790 – a Georgian country house. It was badly damaged by fire in 1960, and restored again much as it had appeared in 1936.
The garden was created by Ralph Stawell Dutton, the 8th and last Baron Sherborne, starting in 1930, making this a modern 20th-century garden. The property is now more noted for its garden than the house.