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The Battle of Turnham Green, in the English Civil War, took place on this day in 1642.
The site of the battle is marked by a series of informative plaques. According to the plaques, after losing the Battle of Brentford on November 12th, 1642, the Parliamentarians took up a strategic defensive position at Turnham Green, with their left flank protected by the river, and their right by a series of enclosures. It was here that the following day they essentially faced down the Royalists, who found themselves unable to manoeuvre past, in one of the largest-ever confrontations on English soil (albeit a substantially bloodless one), involving some 40000 troops. This was a decisive moment in the history of the war, the country, and its capital.