Naseby Battlefield Tour – thank you

June 18, 2016 in News by Karen Everett

Microsoft Word - Letter from Peter MacIntyre to M. Ingram. June

Naseby Battlefield Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

January 19, 2016 in News by Karen Everett

In January 2016 Naseby Battlefield Project received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, to develop their plans to build a new visitor centre for the Battle of Naseby.
The grant will pay for a feasibility study to establish the costs and location of the proposed centre and consult with local people on what they would like to see included in the plans.
Led by volunteers, the project focuses on arguably one of the most important battles in English history. On 14 June 1645, the armies of the King and Parliament met in fields just outside the Northamptonshire village of Naseby. It proved to be the decisive battle of the English Civil War. The King’s army was destroyed and the King’s cabinet and incriminating papers were captured. Within a year, the war was over and it established Parliament’s right to a permanent role in the government of the kingdom. Naseby was also a victory for the ‘new modelled’ army – Britain’s first regular, red-coated soldiers and is, for many, the birth place of the British Army.
As a national monument, Naseby field is unmatched. Despite the addition of farm buildings and the enclosing of fields, the landscape remains intact and has not been built over. There are no uncertainties over the location or orientation of the battle. Today’s visitors can stand on the ground where democracy was won, confident of how the action unfolded.

The vision of the Trustees and Patrons is to create the Naseby Battlefield Visitor Centre as an information resource about the Battle itself, the Civil War, the political and social history of the era, the rural environment in the 1600s and what life was like at the time.
Commenting on the award, Chairman Lord Arthur Hazelrigg said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop our plans for a visitor centre that will bring the Battle of Naseby to the national prominence it deserves. It will fully engage people of all ages in the significance of the battle of Naseby for our lives today and deliver an educational experience which engages children and people of all ages”.

Battle poem by Clare Mulley

July 2, 2015 in Battle by Karen Everett

Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley is a Yorkshire-born poet, shortlisted last year for Young Poet Laureate for London through Spread the Word. She has since been poet in residence at StAnza Festival 2015 in St Andrews, and had work commissioned by the Tate; her poems have been published by Tower Press, and Forward Press. Next year will see her taking up a year-long school residency in Chelsea, tutoring at the Scottish Creative Writing Centre and embarking on an Arctic expedition to complete an extended work about nature, journeys and global warming. Clare particularly enjoys writing on historical themes, and aims to raise awareness of the work done by the Battlefields Trust through a series of new poems inspired by major sites and commemorative events.

 

Colonel Okey’s Ambush at Sulby Hedge

by Clare Mulley

 
 

  They had skirted the hedge, looking all the time for the softest path

free from betraying twigs. Somewhere a horse

whickered at silence, the smell of it

pressed down

and there suddenly

the others, standing twenty breaths’ distance.

The moment rounds, grows pendulous,

a water bead

hung on the grass that fringes them, as yet untrampled -

     yards away, one lad yawns,

another tosses ribaldries, unsure of how to fill an instant

both eternal and long lost (not knowing they’re already dead

as fate and earth can will it – as all flesh is dead at birth)

but he

who must set the cogs in motion, pauses

a kestrel that mounts air’s summit without diving,

wary of the still field he must break

to draw blood

and make home.

          He cocks his musket, one eye closes;

all creation hackles, that last instant, at the catch

of metal brushing back upon itself, gathered to spring.

There will be no undoing

the spark that follows.

 

370th Anniversary of the Battle of Naseby

June 20, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

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Battle of Naseby

370 years after the Battle of Naseby, on 13 and 14 June 2015, the village of Naseby was full of English Civil War re-enactors to commemorate the battle. It began on Saturday, despite the rain, with a skirmish in the village.

A mini fete was also held in the church. The action then moved to the battlefield where the Sealed Knot re-enacted key moments from the battle, such as the action at Sulby Hedge and the Royalist attack on the Parliamentarian baggage train.

Then, in spectacular style, they recreated the battle itself with over 1,500 men and women taking part. For over an hour, the countryside crackled with musket fire and sound of horses’ hooves as they thundered around the battlefield.

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Drumhead church service at Naseby Church

 On Sunday morning there was a very moving Drumhead church service outside the village church with the Trustees and Patrons of the Naseby Battlefield Project, the local community and all the Sealed Knot resplendent in their period clothing.

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Meet the Ancestors

This was followed by a very special ‘meet the ancestors’ where the descendants of those who took part met in the church.

 Then it was back to the battlefield for a repeat of the previous afternoon, although the hundreds of visitors enjoyed better weather. There was even a special Libertea to bring things full circle and commemorate the Magna Carta.  

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Earl Spencer visiting the trade stands

Earl Spencer and a number of the other prominent patrons were there watching the unfolding events and taking an interest in the stands. Lord Hazlerigg was even seen helping out on car parking.

A big thank you must go to the Sealed Knot for putting on an amazing show, to those Trustees and volunteers who worked so tirelessly to make the event such a success. It must also go to the Pike and Shot Society, the Northampton Battlefields Society, heritage groups, wargamers, and artists and photographers from across the county as well as our visiting poet Clare Mulley for their support and participation. But the biggest thank you must go to the local community who allowed us to disrupt their weekend. We hope you all enjoyed it.

Mike Ingram
Trustee and Historian
Naseby Battlefield Project

Photographs from the 370th Anniversary

June 19, 2015 in News by Karen Everett


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Roger England

March 26, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

If Roger England, of last known address at Streamside, The Elms, Chipping Sodbury,  reads this  could he please contact the Naseby Battlefield Society either through the website or at the registered office: Glinton Cottage, Sibbertoft, Northants.  LE16 9UJ

Patrons Meeting

March 22, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

The next Naseby Battlefield Project Patrons meeting will be on Friday 27th March.  This meeting will be held at Althorp by kind permission of  Earl Spencer.

Hon Hugh Fairfax appointed as Patron

March 22, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

Hon_Hugh_FairfaxOn 1 March, the Hon Hugh Fairfax was  appointed a patron of the Naseby Battlefield Project.

Hugh Fairfax is descendant of Sir Thomas Fairfax, later 3rd Lord Fairfax, the commander in chief of the New Model Army in the English Civil War and the victor of Naseby. The brother of Nicholas, 14th Lord Fairfax, Hugh is a keen amateur historian and is the author of a soon to be published history of the Fairfax family in America.

Hugh is an artist by profession and exhibits widely in the UK, France and America. He is married to Victoria and has three children, Alexander, Laura and Marina.

The Oldest Cannon Ball in England

February 13, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

HazleriggOur Chair, Lord Arthur Hazelrigg speaking about Northamptonshire’s rich history and the importance of Naseby at last night’s press conference to announce the discovery of the oldest cannonball found in England on the site of the 1460 Battle of Northampton, organised by the Northampton Battlefields Society. You can read more about the discovery here The History Blog

370th Anniversary of the Battle of Naseby

February 13, 2015 in News by Karen Everett

Programme of Events

Saturday 13th June 2015 – Mill Hill

Noon The Battlefield and Living History Camps will open to the public. (There will be two
living history camps – one representing the Parliament Baggage Trayne, and the other
demonstrating seventeenth century life). There will also be exhibitions and displays from
the Naseby Battlefield Project, and other charities and heritage organisations.
1.30pm Pre-battle display 1 – Sulby Hedge (Reenacting the very start of the battle when
Colonel Okey’s Parliamentary Dragoons fired into the flanks of the Royalist Cavalry forcing
them to start their charge into the Parliamentary cavalry).
2.15pm Pre-battle display 2 – Parliament Baggage Trayne (The Royalist Cavalry charge the length
of the field and engage the camp which is defended by the Artillery Guard of Firelocks
under the command of Captain-Lieutenant Desborough).
2.45pm The Field Armies arrive at Mill Hill and prepare the large formations that are typical of the
seventeenth century battlefield.
3 pm The Battle of Naseby 1645 – over 1,000 Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry troops will recreate
the battle of the 14th June 1645
4.30pm The Parliament victory is complete, and both armies reform into Brigade / Tertio
formations to march off in large blocks of troops with each brigade / tertio presenting
massed drums and colours for the march back to camp.
5.30pm The Battlefield and Living History Camps close.

 

Sunday 14th June 2015 – Mill Hill

Noon The Battlefield and Living History Camps will open to the public. (There will be two
living history camps – one representing the Parliament Baggage Trayne, and the other
demonstrating seventeenth century life). There will also be exhibitions and displays from
the Naseby Battlefield Project, and other charities and heritage organisations.
1.30pm Pre-battle display 1 – Sulby Hedge (Reenacting the very start of the battle when
Colonel Okey’s Parliamentary Dragoons fired into the flanks of the Royalist Cavalry forcing
them to start their charge into the Parliamentary cavalry).
2.15pm Pre-battle display 2 – Parliament Baggage Trayne (The Royalist Cavalry charge the length
of the field and engage the camp which is defended by the Artillery Guard of Firelocks
under the command of Captain-Lieutenant Desborough).
2.45pm The Field Armies arrive at Mill Hill and prepare the large formations that are typical of the
seventeenth century battlefield.
3 pm The Battle of Naseby 1645 – over 1,000 Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry troops will recreate
the battle of the 14th June 1645
4.30pm The Parliament victory is complete, and both armies reform into Brigade / Tertio
formations to march off in large blocks of troops with each brigade / tertio presenting
massed drums and colours for the march back to camp.
5.30pm The Battlefield and Living History Camps close.