Edgehill Resources

The battle of Edgehill, on Sunday 23rd October 1642, saw the army of the Earl of Essex, the parliamentarian Lord General, and the King’s army clash in the first major action of the Great Civil Wars. Although often viewed as an indecisive battle, the king actually gained an important advantage. Essex failed to break through and had to retreat northward to the security of the parliamentarian garrisons at Warwick and Coventry. This left the royalists in command of the road to London, and control of the capital was the key to the war.


Educational Resources

Download the classroom activities, documents, illustrations and maps:

  • A narrative
  • Personalities
  • Meanwhile, elsewhere Edgehill
  • Storyboard exercise
  • Timeline
  • Picture sources analysis
  • Written sources analysis
  • Maps exercise
  • Terminology task
  • Equipment labelling
  • Cavalry equipment
  • Pikeman equipment
  • Musketeer equipment
  • Mystery object exercise
  • Memorial stone exercise
  • Who won-a card sorting exercise
  • Key events exercise
  • Royalist successes and failures analysis
  • Cards for above
  • Poetry analysis
  • Bulstrode's account analysis
  • Documentary tasks
  • Pictures of soldiers
  • Video clip activity
  • Design your own memorial activity
  • Educators' Guide

Download Resources

Click on the link below to download the Edgehill Resources.

 Edgehill Resources (32.93 MB)

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