|A view from the Parliamentarian right flank, Cheriton wood in the foreground and North End in the far distance|
|A close up of North End|
|Massed ranks of the Royalist cavalry|
|Parliamentary infantry on the southern ridge|
|The Royalist infantry prepare to advance|
Eventually the Royalist cavalry managed to get into position to attack and charged their opponents.
In the ensuing melee the Royalists were defeated, the Parliamentary cavalry made a sweeping advance and won a second melee. A subsequent advance deep into the Royalist rear forced several units of horse to move across to cover the infantry in the centre.
Meanwhile on the opposite flank the Royalist infantry continued their slow progress through the wood, eventually reaching the line of musketeers sent forward to resist any further advance.
In the centre Royalist troops had deployed on the central ridge and artillery had been brought forward. Some Parliamentary troops had been sent from the ridge to disrupt this movement and they managed to drive back the right flank of the Royalist line, but made no further progress..
Weight of numbers began to tell in the wood as slowly the Parliamentarian musketeers were forced back.
Around North End the Royalists managed to isolate the Parliamentary cavalry which had broken through and drive them from the field. They then staged their own attack and after fierce fighting drove all the Parliamentarians from the settlement. Unfortunately, they had no infantry to hold the buildings.
|Parliamentary dragoons driven out of North End|
Many thanks to all the participants for making the game so enjoyable and particularly to Steve for organising everything. For another commentary on the battle and more photos check wills blog .