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The middle of the three alternative locations given for the battle, close to the crossing of the Wagg Rhyne. Here and elsewhere on the site, small scale development and other land use change is rapidly eroding both the historic terrain and battle archaeology on the Langport battlefield.
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Lying so close to Langport, the battlefield is under continual pressure of land use change of all sort, some positive and some negative.
The Battlefield

The site of the ‘pass’ where the battle was fought is disputed, as there were three roads or lanes which crossed the Wagg Rhyne but the parliamentarian forces fought their way along just one of these. The first location, championed by Burne, is at the south where the A372 Langport to Long Sutton road now crossed the Wagg Rhyne by a small bridge; secondly, that supported by English Heritage, is at the north where the B3153 Langport to Somerton road, also now bridged, crossed the Rhyne; finally, there is a third, central crossing which today is no longer a hedged lane, just a public footpath. This third options is suggested here as the most likely, following a rapid assessment of the contemporary accounts and the historic map evidence, some of which is presented in the terrain map available from the download area to the left. A key source is the enclosure map of Huish Episcopi 1799 and a map of Wagg Common also dated 1799. However, further research on both the historic terrain and the battle archaeology is essential if the location of the pass and thus the battle is to be securely defined.

The landscape remains largely agricultural, though with limited development either side of the Drove. A railway line with a very deep cutting and large embankment crosses the battlefield from east to west and, if the third location does prove to be the correct one, this line is situated in the heart of the action. The southern location is quite heavily built up but there are some areas of open ground in a key location beside the crossing of the Rhyne. The northern site has a limited amount of development on the higher ground towards the town, but landsape is largely undeveloped. Unfortunately this landscape is currently suffering various small scale developments in potentially key location. There is the urgent need for a coherent management strategy for the battlefield, to ensure that the high potential of the site is not further eroded without adequate assessment of the threat and, if development cannot be avoided, then intensive recording of the terrain and battle archaeology.


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