Full on Fighting

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 Walk.

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.