Battle of Roundway Down July 12th 1643
Front: Oliver’s Castle, with the Bloody Ditch below it at centre left, is on the west side of Roundway Down. Many parliament and royalist cavalry were killed on these steep slopes as Haselrig’s and then Waller’s cavalry were chased off the battlefield by the royalist cavalry of Colonel Byron towards Bath.
Back: Seen is a re-enactment of Wilmot’s Horse attacking Waller’s Foot without success for over an hour after their horse had fled. When 3000 Cornish Royalist Foot approached from Devizes the Foot ran and 600 were slaughtered. Alan Turton’ drawing illustrates the 1840 description of a skeleton “his right arm was cut off and buried between his legs, he was 6 feet tall”.