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Record details

BCC record ID:0022500000
Type of record:Monument
Summary:Possible site of 'Battle of Aylesbury' a Civil War skirmish of 1642, suggested by burials found in early nineteenth century.
Grid Reference:SP 8167 1534
Parish:

WEEDON, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • BATTLEFIELD? (Civil War - 1640 AD to 1649 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Yes

Full description

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND 1818 NEAR HOLMAN'S BRIDGE APPEAR TO MARK SITE OF BATTLE OF AYLESBURY, FOUGHT 1 NOV 1642 (B2).
BATTLE FOUGHT AT HOLMAN'S BRIDGE BETWEEN PRINCE RUPERT & SIR WILLIAM BALFOUR (B4-5).
MAP MARKS 'SITE OF BATTLE AD 1642' (B6).
RESEARCH SHOWS SITE MAY BE AT SP829154 & NOT AT NGR ABOVE. PROBABLY A SKIRMISH RATHER THAN A BATTLE (SEE NOTE AND DRAFT ARTICLE, FILED) (B8).
Weedon sewerage scheme produced entirely negative results - no trace of burials (B10).
Significant that Prince Rupert's journal records him at Abingdon on the date of the supposed battle, and makes no mention of any severe setback to Royalist forces in Bucks (B11).

Sources and further reading

<1>Article in serial: 1820. GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE 1820 PT1 PP13-15. Part 1. pp13-15
<2>Article in serial: 1854. RECORDS OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. Vol 1. p39
<3>Article in serial: 'CPA'. 1860. 'HISTORICAL MEMORANDA OF BIERTON', IN RECS OF BUCKS VOL 2. Vol 2. pp160-165
<4>Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN P49. p49
<5>Bibliographic reference: VCH BUCKS 3 PP5-6. pp5-6
<6>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1925. OS 1925 1:2500 MAP. 1:2,500.
<7>Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARD (NOT RETAINED).
<8>Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Service. 1994. ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION & WATCHING BRIEF ON WEEDON SEWERAGE SCHEME, BUCKS.
<9>Bibliographic reference: Griffin S. 1998. The Battle of Aylesbury 1642.
<10>Article in serial: Jonathan Parkhouse. 1995. South Midlands Archaeology 25.
<11>Article in serial: George Lamb. 2001. 'Aylesbury in the Civil War', in Records of Buckinghamshire 41 pp183-189. Vol 41. pp183-184

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC15754: Watching brief on Weedon Sewerage Pipeline (Ref: WSP 94)

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