Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Naseby Fight: 370th Anniversary

On my latest trip to England, my brother Clive and I spent several days at Naseby, participating in and viewing the 370th Anniversary of the battle of Naseby, June 14th, 1645.

We arrived in Naseby on the evening of June12th and stayed at an excellent Bed & Breakfast in the centre of Naseby, the Old Post House

I am a member of the Naseby Battlefield Project. The organisation's mission is to preserve the heritage of Naseby. The 370th Anniversary celebrations were organised by the Naseby Battlefield Project and the Sealed Knot. Although Clive and I are not re-enactors, I did volunteer myself, Clive and my nephew Peter for duty on the first day of the event on June 13th. The three of us had a great time, despite the steady rain that fell through much of the day. I warmly recommend the Project to anyone who loves history, the English Civil War and the preservation of such important historic sites as Naseby. Please consider joining the Project.

I would like to start a United States chapter of the Naseby Battlefield Project. If anyone is interested, please contact me.

The Royalist army marched to Naseby from their bivouacs at and around Market Harborough. These photos were taken at dusk on the first day of the celebrations, not dawn as they should have been. 

The Old Grammar School, Market Harborough

St Dionysius Church, Market Harborough

After the re-enactment and dinner in Market Harborough, Clive and I took a reflective and rather solemn look at the historic battlefield at dusk. Although the farmland is much changed since the Enclosure of the old great fields, much still remains. Dust Hill, Broadmoor and Mill Hill are clearly visible.

The map provided by the UK Battlefields Resource Centre is very useful.

Here are some images taken from various points around the battlefield.

The re-enactment started with a skirmish between a Royalist picket in Naseby village and the advancing New Model Army which quickly chased off the Royalists.

Please excuse the time-stamped images, clearly my mistake. Lord Arthur Hazelrigg, the President of the Naseby Battlefield Project, personally greeted the volunteers in the morning and gave us our assignments. My team took traffic patrol in the morning and parking duty in the afternoon.

The afternoon events began with a re-enactment of the the fight between Okey's Dragoons and the Royalist Right Wing cavalry along Sulby Hedges.

The main battle was re-fought during the afternoon by the members of the Sealed Knot.

After the final defeat of Rupert's Bluecoats, which was movingly performed by the Sealed Knot, the two armies formed up and saluted each other, The Royalist regiments then marched past the victorious New Model Army, which then itself marched off the field.


  1. Great pictures. I see the English weather got involved as well.

  2. A wonderful set of pictures. Many thanks for sharing them!

  3. Although the second day was drier the damp air does make the powder smoke hang in the air. That gives really atmospheric pictures. And as a plus my musket block is in a lot of the pictures.

  4. A great blog post Michael, great to see someone taking such a real interest in a period of England's history which is sadly neglected sometimes, the pictures of the re-enactment are superb.

    One of pictures with the two sides embroiled in combat amid the smoke laden air is particularly atmospheric, the Church in Market Harborough is an impressive building and Market Harborough itself is a great little town.