The Battle of Hopton Heath

Nick Redfern reported a Back to the Past TWIDDER from rural England.  The spacetime slip caused physical reactions in Mr. Davis, ranging from brief lightheadedness to chest tightness.

A key event of the First English Civil War, the Battle of Hopton Heath (a small village in south Shropshire) was fought on Sunday, 19 March 1643, between Parliamentarian and Royalist forces.

The battle ended at nightfall, with the actual victory and outcome still remaining a matter of personal opinion:  The Royalists, for example, had succeeded in capturing eight enemy guns, while the Parliamentarians believed that their successful killing of the enemy commander, the Earl of Northampton, was of equal—if not even greater—significance.

More than 300 years later, one night in the winter of 1974, John ‘Davy’ Davis, aged 36, painter-and-decorator of Lichfield in Staffordshire, was driving near Hopton Heath when he began to feel unwell; a tightness developed in his chest, an odd feeling of lightheadedness overcame him, and his ‘left ear hurt and felt hot.’

Pulling over to the side of the road, Davis was amazed to see the night-sky

CF4X29 Battle of Hopton Heath English Civil War earl of Northampton killed. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

CF4X29 Battle of Hopton Heath English Civil War earl of Northampton killed. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

suddenly transform into daylight, while the road in front of him no longer existed.  Instead, it had been replaced by a mass of fields, heath and tangled trees.

Before his unbelieving eyes, countless soldiers adorned in Civil War period clothing fought each other savagely.  Notably, Davis said that although at one point he was ‘nearly bloody surrounded’ by the soldiers, it seemed as if they could neither see him nor his vehicle.  To a degree, at least, this afforded Davis a degree of relief, as he was practically frozen to the spot, unable to drive away if he’d wanted to.

As it transpired, Davis didn’t need to go anywhere . . . a few seconds later, the bizarre scene suddenly vanished, and he found himself sitting at the side of the road, with his car squashed against a line of hedge.  All had returned to normal.


About aloholmes

We live in a wondrous universe, and I love learning about it. Spacetime slips are one facet of existence that fascinate me. As a retired teacher I enjoy researching this topic and sharing the information I garner.
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