Cheriton in Hampshire, was the site of
one of the most important battles in the English Civil War. In 1644 hundreds of
men lost their lives in a battle which was to mark a turning point in the
English Civil War.
The Battle of Cheriton Project Limited
was set up as a not-for-profit company, acting as an umbrella for the various
partners in raising the profile and accessibility of this unique heritage. In
2004 we enabled over six hundred local school children to visit the site and
enjoy a day of interactive learning. The battle re-enactment in June saw over
three thousand local people witness a re-creation of the battle. Battlefield
information signs have been funded and erected to aid walkers understand the
significance of the ground they are walking on when walking the Battlefield
The work is continuing. Various events
have or are occurring across the county from West Meon through Winchester to
Alresford. A much larger school visit campaign and hosted battlefield walks
have been made available to the local populace.
We passionately believe that local
students should have the opportunity to understand their history and culture
and the experiences we are able to offer at Cheriton are proving a valuable
learning experience in an exciting and fun environment.
This website gives you an overview to
the Civil War, how Hampshire was affected and a blow-by-blow account of the
Battle of Cheriton itself. The implications and aftermath of the battle are
also explained. There remain many unanswered questions about the true location
of the battle – an ongoing project to resolve in themselves.
The Battlefield of Cheriton is an area
of national importance, both historically and environmentally – a true gem
buried in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. We are very appreciative to
the fact that the land provides employment and revenue to our local farming
community and all our activities are conducted with this in mind.