Orders of battle
I plumped for the larger end of the estimates given in the article yesterday. So the Royalists had 600 men and the Parliamentarians 500. Arbitrarily I decided the Royalists would be split 50:50 horse and foot, with the foot slightly lighter on shot it being a scratch force. The 300 horse would be in 6 troops of 50.
Parliament would have one small unit of foot, 250 strong with a 2:1 shot to pike ratio. The horse would be in 5 troops of 50, all veteran New Model Army men. Neither side had any guns.
Royalists (Earl of Holland)
6 troops of 50 = 300
1 small regiment of foot = 300
Parliamentarian (Sir Michael Livesey)
5 troops of veteran horse = 250
3 companies of foot = 250.
The Royalists aim was to get a small wagon train and as much of the foot off the table in the direction of Kingston.
|Royalist foot heading north along the road preceded by the supply train. The horse form up on the hill ready to intercept any rebel troops.|
|Close up of the Royalist horse, in 2 squadrons|
|Royalist foot march along the road to Kingston|
|The Roundheads in pursuit are passing Talworth (Tolworth)|
|3 troops of horse (from Ireton's regiment) sweep round to the east of the coulmn|
|The road ahead is blocked by a broken waggon so the foot have to buy time and form up. To their left a fleeing Royalist troop is pursued over the hill by Parliamentarins.|
|The Royalist foot have a choice: resume the march and risk being ridden down by the Roundhead horse or form a 'hedgehog' and hope that their own horse prevail|
|The Roundhead horse prevail. Left, one troop returns from pursuit to aid their comrades.|