Battle of Middleton Cheney 16th May 1643

About this Book

The Society’s latest publication is a joint enterprise with the Battlefields Trust, covering the little known Battle of Middleton Cheney, fought during the English Civil War

On the afternoon of Saturday 6th May 1643 a parliamentarian force from Northampton attempted to capture the town and Castle of Banbury. Surprised by a royalist cavalry brigade under the Earl of Northampton, they were pursued back to Middleton Cheney where they attempted to make a final stand. 
In a brief but decisive engagement, the young Earl showed his capability as a cavalry commander in his first independent action. Victory here enabled a much needed supply train to be delivered safely to the King at Oxford.
Although not forgotten, details of the battle were unclear until a community project set out to commemorate and interpret Middleton Cheney’s Civil War history. As part of this project, research was commissioned to tell the story of one of Northamptonshire’s lesser known but important engagements. 
Here, for the first time, the Author has gathered together the available sources to piece together the battle and the events surrounding it. This book tells the story of the battle, takes a closer look at the people who fought it, and proposes a location where many stood and died on that fateful day. 

About the Author

Gregg Archer is the co-chair of the Mercia Region of The Battlefields Trust and a member of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society. When not working his day job in the hospitality industry he is researching the smaller and lesser known engagements of the Civil Wars in the 17th Century. His research on the 1645 battle of Radcot Bridge was previously published in Volume 1 of the Battlefields Trust Journal “Battalia”


The book is available from Amazon for £7.50, or directly from the Society at one of our events. Copies are available from the Society by mail order for £7.50 + £2.50 p&p. Email for details of how to pay.