In a battle that lasted merely half an hour, Cromwell and his Parliamentarian forces smashed the Royalist cause in Lincolnshire

The exact spot where the action took place on 11 October 1643 may be disputed, but the general location of the battle ─  on the high ground at Winceby, in the Lincolnshire Wolds ─  is not in doubt.  A Royalist contingent of around 2,500 cavalry and dragoons, from the garrisons at Lincoln and Newark, had set off to relieve the garrison at Bolingbroke Castle, who were besieged by Parliamentarian forces.

They were intercepted by the cavalry of Parliament's Eastern Association army from East Anglia, led by Oliver Cromwell himself. Forces under the command of Thomas Fairfax joined Cromwell in the battle. The defeated Royalists fled, but were hunted down. This defeat saw the end of the Royalist cause in Lincolnshire, and the County remained in Parliamentarian hands until the end of the war. The battle was also significant as  the first major victory for Cromwell's cavalry. By 1645-46, Cromwell, Fairfax and the New Model Army had gained complete victory over the Royalists.

A circular walk of  3 1/2 miles, starting from Snipe Dales Nature Reserve, takes in the hamlet of Winceby and the countryside where the battle was fought.

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