|Major Tom Morgan's dragoons at Henhull Farm|
In the real battle, Fairfax, with the Parliament forces, decided against a frontal assault on the Royalist position at Acton Church, and since the Royalists were short of cavalry at the beginning of the action, he did a smart left swerve, and headed for the besieged town of Nantwich, in the hope that the garrison could be added to his army.
We didn’t do that. Our
went straight at the church, and ran out of steam very quickly. The hedged farm
enclosures did handicap the cavalry, realistically, but slowed everything down
units of foot kept retreating back into the enclosures whenever they were sent
on the attack, but there was no sign of any offensive movement from the
Again, in the real battle, once Fairfax set off on his diagonal march to Nantwich, acting Maj.Gen Richard Gibson fell upon him with the Royalist foot, and the battle was a close call until suddenly – for unexplained reasons – the veteran Royalist regiments of Warren and Earnley broke and ran, and the battle ended quickly and very expensively for the King’s army in Cheshire, with some 1700 prisoners being taken.
Our version, as I have explained, was nothing like this. There were some very bloody exchanges, but it became fairly static, and the number of Victory Banner counters rose steadily until it reached 6-each – 7 needed for the win.
At this point, we took a break for dinner, aware that it was not easy to see how a finishing stroke might be produced. We needn’t have worried, on resumption
last remaining unit of cavalry, Brereton’s Cheshire Horse, closed in to finish
off Earnley’s battered veterans, and were promptly hit by an astounding volley
of musketry which routed them – game over. Royalist win. History is overturned
|Parliament starting position|
|Richard Gibson at Acton Church with the only Royalists to be in place at midday|
|Lord Byron's Horse in a hurry for some reason - oh yes, they are late - that's the reason|
|Lord Molyneux's horses have a close look at a Merit hedge, which may well pre-date the ECW|
|General view from the Parliamentary left at around the time that Fairfax's attack got badly bogged down|
|Victuals - Royalist ale...|
|...and Puritan pork pies?|
|The garrison at Nantwich - they did nothing all day|
|At top left you can catch a very rare glimpse of Lord Byron, the Royalist commander,|
within sight of the action
|With total disregard for history, the Royalists set up a very strong position based|
on Darfold Hall - not that anyone was attacking, mind you
|Amazing shooting - the final throw, as Earnley's muskets see off the Cheshire Horse|
to win the day. Three cheers for His Majesty...