England is a country that has a rich history. It’s also one of the most visited places in the world. Throughout history, armies from the country have often got involved in military conflicts worldwide.
But, did you know that many of them were fought on its home soil? Here are some of the top ten battle sites to visit while exploring England:
Top English Battle Sites
Table Of Contents
- 1. Maldon, Essex (Battle of Maldon)
- 2. Battle, East Sussex (Battle of Hastings)
- 3. Myton, North Yorkshire (The Battle of Myton Bridge)
- 4. Neville’s Cross, Northumberland (The Battle of Neville’s Cross)
- 5. Shrewsbury, Shropshire (The Battle of Shrewsbury)
- 6. St Albans, Hertfordshire (The First Battle of St Albans)
- 7. Branxton, Northumberland (The Battle of Flodden)
- 8. Edge Hill, Warwickshire (Battle of Edge Hill)
- 9. Worcester, Worcestershire (The Battle of Worcester)
- 10. Westonzoyland, Somerset (Battle of Sedgemoor)
1. Maldon, Essex (Battle of Maldon)
By Ken Eckert
A marauding army of Vikings sailed up the River Blackwater in the year 991. After a fierce battle against the Saxons, the invaders won but had few men left due to heavy casualties. A statue of Byrhtnoth, leader of the Anglo-Saxons in Maldon, exists in the town as a tribute to the battle.
2. Battle, East Sussex (Battle of Hastings)
Back in 1066, King Harold’s army fought against William, Duke of Normandy. This proved a decisive Norman victory and would ultimately shape England and Europe’s future. It’s estimated around 20,000 troops from both sides fought in the conflict.
3. Myton, North Yorkshire (The Battle of Myton Bridge)
In 1319, during the Scottish Wars of Independence, 15,000 Scots crossed into England. Their goal was to pillage Yorkshire. An army got organised by the Archbishop of York to defend the county. But, there sadly wasn’t enough manpower, and they got defeated by the Scots.
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4. Neville’s Cross, Northumberland (The Battle of Neville’s Cross)
Some 12,000 Scots rampaged their way through northern England back in 1346. To stop them, an army of 7,000 Englishmen got enlisted by William Zouche, the Archbishop of York. One cold October morning, the English launched a surprise attack on the Scots. The ensuing battle eventually forced them back to Scotland.
5. Shrewsbury, Shropshire (The Battle of Shrewsbury)
By Thomas Pennant – This image is available from the National Library of Wales,
Perhaps one of the most bloodiest of battles in English history was the one at Shrewsbury in 1403. The site was the scene of a fight between King Henry IV and rebels led by Sir Henry Hotspur Percy. The latter got defeated, and his body quartered. The King then had Percy’s body parts put on display in various areas of England!
6. St Albans, Hertfordshire (The First Battle of St Albans)
The War of the Roses were a series of dynastic wars for the throne of England. In 1455, the narrow streets of St Albans became the scene of a fierce battle. It was a fight between Lancastrians and Yorkists, with the latter becoming the victors.
7. Branxton, Northumberland (The Battle of Flodden)
By Andrew Curtis, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11731831
1513 saw the largest battle between the English and Scots occur just outside Branxton. The village was the scene of fierce fighting involving 26,000 English and 40,000 Scots. The reason for the battle was due to retaliation of King Henry VIII invading France. Henry’s men were victorious in the battle. It also resulted in the death of King James IV from Scotland.
8. Edge Hill, Warwickshire (Battle of Edge Hill)
The hamlet of Edge Hill was the scene of the first battle of the English Civil War in October 1642. Royalists and the parliamentarian army fought in a heavy three-hour battle. This resulted in huge casualties for both sides. The site was also allegedly home to phantom re-enactments of the battle!
9. Worcester, Worcestershire (The Battle of Worcester)
17 years later the final battle of the English Civil War took place in the city of Worcester. Oliver Cromwell’s army became victorious, and King Charles II fled to France.
10. Westonzoyland, Somerset (Battle of Sedgemoor)
The Monmouth Rebellion was an attempt to overthrow James II. He had become king of England, Scotland, and Ireland when his brother Charles II had died. Westonzoyland was the rebellion’s final battle. The Royalists had won the battle, and the Duke of Monmouth captured and executed.