Sandbach Skirmish

370-year Anniversary of the Sandbach Skirmish on Thursday 4th September 1651

“A skirmish took place at Sandbach, after the decisive Battle of Worcester on the 3rd Sept. 1651, when Cromwell defeated the hitherto victorious Scots. The remains of the defeated army made all haste to return to Scotland, and one body of them, passing through Sandbach, was set upon by the inhabitants, as narrated in the following contemporary accounts:-

Mercurius Politicus No. 66. p. 1057. [News] from Newcastle-under-Lyne Sept. 6. [1651.]

“The Scots after the great and Total Rout, posted back towards Scotland the same way they came, and were got as far as Sanbatch upon Thursday, [Sept 4] at 3 a clock afternoon, at least 40 miles distant from the place of the battail, where the honest men at Sanbatch had a Counter-Scuffle with them, such a one as deserves to be taken notice of.

“The Enemy were then supposed to be about 1000 Horse, and came through the Town of Sanbatch that day, being the Fair-day: But the honest Townsmen and countrymen perceiving their condition, fell upon them with clubs and staves, and the very poles wherewith they made their stalls and standings; and as they came down they still fell upon them, fetching some from off their Horses. They so managed the business, that when the Scots offered to fire, they ran into their houses and as soon as that party was past, which had the Pistols and powder (their being onely the frontiers [i.e. the foremost] that had shot) they fell still upon the remainder of the Troops, and so continued pealing [? pelting] them and billing them, during the passage of all their Horse. In this Scuffle, the Town took about one hundred of them’ and killed some; as also there were some of the Countrymen killed. This relation is given by one who was an eye witness; it being very notable that such men should engage so great an armed body with such instruments. But the Lord had striken a terror into the Enemies hearts who minded only the making good of their flight.”

The history of the ancient parish of Sandbach, John Parsons Earwaker (1890)

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