Restricted Sight Tour (NAB)
NAB/Naseby Restricted Sight Audio Tracks
In order to make the appreciation of the terrain and the environment of 1645 possible to the partially sighted and the blind, a downloadable audio tour has been made with the assistance of the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB). The work is the product of Watch This Space, a specialist production company based in Leicester, with the participation of Professor Martyn Bennett of Nottingham Trent University and Martin Marix Evans, Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester and a trustee of the Naseby Battlefield Project. The help given by Arnold Civil of NAB is gratefully acknowledged. The work was funded by MLA Renaissance East Midlands and the project managed by Sara Mair of Mair Education.
The scene is set for the clash of the two great armies.
King Charles and Prince Rupert confer before leading their army to a position near East Farndon, then seek the location of their enemy.
Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell sight the Royalists from the escarpment overlooking Clipston and, deciding it is too difficult for an adversary to attack, make the move to Closter, overlooking Broadmoor.
North of the Clipston to Sibbertoft road, Rupert’s standard guides the Royalist army to their positions on Dust Hill, trampling the crops as they pass.
Battle is joined and, after the near success of King Charles’s men, the tide turns in the Parliamentarians’ favour.
From the Clipston Road outside Sibbertoft the stubborn fighting retreat of the Royalist army is seen to yield to the methodical application of superior force by Fairfax.
The shadow of future conflict falls over the Second World War structure close to the site of the defeat of autocratic monarchy.