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
This coming Saturday sees Helion Books launch their ‘The Century of the Soldier’ series with a special event in Shrewsbury … see the poster for details (click on the picture for a larger version)
Meanwhile in June, The Naseby Battlefield Project and the Sealed Knot are hosting a huge recreation of the battle of Naseby on the battlefield in Northamptonshire. The event will have enthusiast associations like our own Pike & Shot Society, The battlefields Trust, wargames, stalls and child-friendly activities as well as the big show … indeed, sources tell me that local artists are even holding a sketching field trip at the event (recording the event 17th Century-style) …
Naseby 370 on 13th and 14th June 2015 – entry and parking free both days
Mill Hill, Naseby (follow the signs in from the Sibbertoft-Kelmarsh road*) events start with the opening of the Living History Camps and the exhibition marquees at noon each day
*the organisers add: please don’t try to access the event from the South, via Naseby village as you may end up blocked by Sealed Knot troop movements and unable to get through. Cross the A14 and turn back in towards the battlefield from the Sibbertoft end for access to the free car parking …
Exhibitors include the Pike & Shot Society, The Battlefields Trust, Helion Books, Northampton Battlefields Society etc.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with the P&SS email group, which continues to be a lively forum for sharing links and insights ….
Recent topics have linked to a useful blog article on Mercenary troops in 15th Cent. French royal armies. and extensive discussion of the possibly important Musket bullets found in Newbury (give or take the dodgy military terminology!)
The group is limited to paid up members of the Society, but if this sort of information is useful for you, it might make for good added value to your subscription. Join here.
If you are already a member, you can find the group here Pike & Shot Society Yahoo Group
In other news, there is an important meeting today regards the future of the Cromwell Museum (details) … We’ll try to keep you posted
Some ECW Summer Events from the Battlefields Trust
Battle of Langport 1645 Thursday 10th July 2014
Anniversary walk around the site of the Battle of Langport led by Julian Humphrys
Battle of Worcester 1651
Sunday 7th September 2014 – a walk on the northern part of the battlefield with Tony Spicer
The Pike & Shot Society were represented at this year’s Phalanx wargames show
Meanwhile, ECWBattles has a report ( … here ) on the recent Battlefields Trust visit to Cropredy Bridge
Details of all Battlefields Trust walks can be found on the trust website (link above) and are open to all visitors (there is usually a small charge for non-members)