battle of Cropredy Bridge

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While waiting for news of Rupert's attempt to relieve York, Charles I's southern army clashed with Waller at Cropredy bridge, near Banbury (Oxon.), on 29 June. Waller, seeing the royalist army strung out on the march, hoped to punch a hole between van and rear by taking Cropredy bridge. But he found himself facing a battle on two fronts and was fortunate to extricate himself with the loss of some light guns. Cropredy sustained royalist morale until the news from Marston Moor came through.

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