On the Doorstep: Whitchurch ~ Wood and Stone

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

We left the earthworks of Bolebec castle in peace… which is more than can be said of Oliver Cromwell’s army when they passed this way during the Civil War. The Battle of Aylesbury, between Cromwell’s forces and Prince Rupert of the Rhine, was fought at Holman’s Bridge, just a few miles down the road, on 1st November 1642. The story goes that around this time, Cromwell gave orders to destroy the castle, the largest of eighteen in the county. With stone strewn across the village’s green spaces, it is not surprising that many of the castle’s stones are now part of the fabric of the village.

mass grave of soldiers from Battle of Aylesbury. Image Sue Vincent

A mile down the road, in the next village, there is a monument to some of the men who died during that battle. Their bodies were found on the battlefield, over a hundred and fifty years after their death and they were reburied…

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