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2 – Morgans Hill and Poppies




Front: Morgan’s Hill from Oliver’s Castle on Roundway Down with a field of poppies.

There are probably many skeletons of Parliamentary soldiers killed on July 13th, 1643 at the Battle of Roundway Down in this field. In the field to the right, not seen, 4 skeletons were found in 1840 and 12 in the 1930s. Recently 100s of musket balls, buttons and nine cannon balls have been found by metal detection.

Back: The drawing is by Alan Turton and illustrates the 1840 description of a skeleton, “his right arm was cut off and buried between his legs, he was 6 feet tall”. In all 600 English men, killed by English men, died that Thursday. A memorial is seen annually in poppy displays.

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Dimensions 1.78 × 1.27 cm


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