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|
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.
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.