The Parliamentarian force under Captain John Hotham after travelling to Darlington, a loyal Parliamentarian town, hears of a convoy heading south from Newcastle under the command of Sir William Cavandish the Earl of Newcastle. The convoy taking the road to Durham city across to Bishop Auckland and down the old Roman Road to York to relieve the Royalist garrison there has to cross the River Tees at the village of Piercebridge. This is the place Captain Hotham moves his force too to try and prevent the Royalists reaching the besieged defenders at York. Here the Parliamentarians are travelling along the road to the village of Piercebridge from Darlington passing the high hill at Carlbury, through High Carlbury and down into the Village of Piercebridge.
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