After Naseby, Charles I's hopes were of reinforcements from Ireland or of a junction with the victorious Montrose in Scotland. Chester, held by a royalist garrison, was the key to both strategies. In September, Charles moved northwards to Chester, unaware that Montrose's brilliant run of success had already come to an end at Philiphaugh. On 23 September Charles relieved the garrison but the following day his cavalry was badly cut up by Poyntz's horsemen at Rowton Heath, south of the city.
Subjects: British History.