Sunday, 30 October 2011

Rearguard at Rowde [Sun 9th July 1643]

The Royalists are on the march to Devizes are and passing through the village of Rowde.
As the tail end of the column reaches Rowde they receive word of nearby Parliamentarian horse
Royalist horse take up position at Rowdeford (by the Summerbrook)...
Parliamentarian horse attack ...
They fall back, to regroup
In they come again ...
They are pushed back and while they regroup the Royalist horse withdraw
The Royalist horse pass through Rowde with the Parliamentarians following ...
A Royalist foot regiment blocks the road to Devizes. The Parliamentarian horse makes a bold charge
But the musket fire from the foot regiment is too much for them ...


The rearguard join the rest of the Royalist army drawn up on Roundway hill just to the north of Devizes, but with the Parliamentarian horse re-inforced and the rest of their army visible on the march the Royalists hurry into Devizes and start erecting barricades.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Roundway Campaign Map

A very rough map of the area round Devizes in Wiltshire, where most of the action takes place
(clikc to enlarge)

Outline of contours in grey, roads in red. The brook in blue is a bit wide for the scale but limited by my felt tip pen's thickness.

The Royalist army left Chippenham and headed for Devizes followed by the Parliamentarians ...

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Roundway Down Project (9) - Plan of Action

The action preceding Roundway and the main battle itself is about to intrude into my imaginary campaign set in Wiltshire. I'm planning to game the following:
a) Rearguard at Rowde.
b) 'Siege' and attack on Devizes.
c) The Battle of Roundway