Excellent (finally) to get a preview of the footage Richard Vobes took at Naseby 370. This was screened at the Naseby Project’s monthly evening get-together at The Royal Oak pub in the village.
The next pub evening at Naseby will be Phil Steele’s ‘Wargaming the Battle of Naseby’ … a look at the model, the issues and a chance to join in a refight. No experience necessary.
The pub is under new management and seems to be doing well – a good range of beers on offer and, the evening I went over to see the Naseby footage, there was a full menu available. All good news to Mercurius.
… with the Pike and Shot Society …
Thanks for visiting the Pike and Shot Society at Partizan … great to see everyone.
A very good turn out for Early Modern warfare … we enjoyed 3 historical battles as well as the Battlefields Trust and the Civil War Centre – so well done Partizan for supporting the History Zone.
Naseby in 15mm
(more on Phil’s project here … )
Edgehill in 12mm
Cropredy in 28mm
Look out for the Pike And Shot Society at shows … or JOIN HERE at the website ..
Naseby and The Battlefields Trust put on Phil’s splendid Naseby 1645 at Campaign last weekend …
The pictures look great.
Lots going on at Naseby right now – I’ll try to get an update and post it for you.
The Cromwell Association & Battlefields Trust are holding a joint Study Day at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 12th November on the subject of how the Civil War should be interpreted …
There are prefrential rates for members of either association (follow the Cromwell Association link and scroll down)
Naseby Battlefield Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support
Today, Naseby Battlefield Project has 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”.
My friends at The Naseby Battlefield Project have advised me that the best route into the event is via Junction 1 of the A14. Even if you are coming from the East or South, it is better to carry on past J2 to the Welford turn (Junction 1) and follow the route from there (come from the other side, through the village and you are quite likely to end up behind a Regiment of Foot which will be quite slow) …
The light blue route is the way the brown tourist signs take you. But the dark blue route via Welford might be quicker depending on the volume of traffic.
The purple route from Welford avoids the village entirely and brings you down to the event past the main area of fighting on Broadmoor (Cromwell Monument).
The Pike and Shot Society will be there over the weekend … plus Helion Books, the Battlefields Trust, the Phoenix Wargames Club, the Northampton Battlefields Society, Dave Lanchester etc.
Over a thousand Civil War reenactors, Living History, wargames, child-friendly activities, Magna Carta, interpretation on the battlefield … something for all the family. Admission and Parking is Free.
SATURDAY 13th JUNE and SUNDAY 14th JUNE
Should you need it, the postcode is NN6 6BS
You should pick up additional signs as you approach