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Hopton Heath

Battle Name : Hopton Heath

Date(s) : 19 March 1643

Part of : The Civil Wars of the Three Kingdoms , The 1st English Civil War ,

Outcome : A victory for Royalist Forces over Parliamentarian Forces

Type of battle : Land


A dramatic victory for the Royalist Earl of Northampton over Gell and Brereton who were attempting to re-take Stafford. Gell and Brereton had decided to concentrate at Hopton Heath but Brereton was delayed, and Northampton took the opportunity of attacking first. A good example of destroying in detail, even though Northampton himself was killed.