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The northern end of Edgehill viewed from the battlefield, just behind the royalist lines near Kings Leys.
 
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Today willows line the stream which crosses Radway fields. This may prove to be the ditch where the royalist infantry made their stand in the later stages of the battle.
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Stalemate

The royalist horse, occupied in the pursuit and plundering, eventually found themselves faced by some of Essex's forces who were only now arriving at Kineton. Some of these troops, including Colonel Hampden's cavalry troops, engaged the royalists and drove them off. But it was now too late for these fresh parliamentarian forces to influence the battle.

Nor indeed could the returning royalist cavalry change the outcome, despite causing some problems for the parliamentarian infantry as they returned to the royalist battle lines. Their horses were blown and it was now too late in the day to mount any sort of offensive cavalry action. So, as the light failed and the powder and ammunition began to run out, the battle subsided into a stand off.

The parliamentarians had pushed the royalist infantry back and stood all night where the King’s forces had formed their initial battle array, within musket shot of the enemy. Early that morning, first the royalist retreated up onto Edgehill and then the parliamentarians moved back towards Kineton.

After dawn the parliamentarian army drew up in battle array once more in Kineton field, but the royalists had withdrawn from Edgehill. In response Essex withdrew his men to Kineton once more and there rested while the dead were buried.

 

   
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