Civil War Exhibition at Daventry Museum

December 10, 2019 in News by Mike Ingram

We are delighted to be working with Daventry Museum and the National Civil War Centre on an exhibition that brings together a diverse range of artefacts from individual and public collections, including weapons, costumes, documents and paintings. Opening on Saturday 11 January 2020, the exhibition commemorates the 375 anniversary of the Battle and includes many items not previously on public display.

Northamptonshire is full of surprises.

December 10, 2019 in News by Mike Ingram

Check out Northamptonshire Surprise for details of upcoming heritage events.

Fundraising for the Battlefield

June 9, 2019 in News by Mike Ingram

New Signage for Naseby
Viewpoints and interpretation information are essential in explaining how the Battle of Naseby progressed, from outset to conclusion. We are grateful for support from the Daventry District Council Community Fund and from the Grocer’s Hall Charity (with grateful thanks to Patron, Sir Richard Rowley) to help us carry out repairs.

Blow to Proposed Visitor Centre

June 9, 2019 in News by Mike Ingram

In an unexpected about-turn, NBP has been advised that Naseby Church has withdrawn support for a proposed battlefield visitor centre: “The parochial church council (PCC) and members of the congregation indicate that they, too, would not welcome something they regard as an imposition upon the fabric and integrity of the church.”

NBP was shocked by this development as negotiations to create a visitor centre in the church have been pursued since 2013, when a partnership between the Naseby Battlefield Project and the Parochial Church Council of All Saints was established with the support of various village organisations. A subsequent consultation with Naseby village indicated overwhelming support for the plan that would have included toilets and kitchen facilities for the church and local community, a memorial to the fallen of the Civil War and a centre for visitors, including educational and military groups that visit the battlefield. Therefore, with regret, after many years of planning, thousands of hours freely given by volunteers, and considerable financial investment by the Naseby Battlefield Project, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Benefactors and Friends of Naseby – all based on the support of Naseby Church – Naseby Battlefield Project (NBP) is looking for a new site for a visitor centre.

Founding Members Made Honorary Patrons

February 17, 2018 in News by Mike Ingram

Naseby Battlefield Project (NBP) has acknowledged contributions made by Peter Burton, Michael Westaway, and author and military historian Martin Marix Evans by making them honorary patrons of NBP. More information

Martin, Peter and Michael co-authored Naseby – June 1645 (Pen & Sword, 2002), a new account and guide to the battle. Peter Burton and Martin Marix Evans handed over their tasks as trustees to fresh hands in 2011.

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Peter Burton, Michael Westaway and Martin Marix Evans during on-the-ground research for their book on the battle of Naseby.


Sally Westaway and her family planting a commemorative oak tree for her late husband in 2010.

Michael Westaway died in 2009, and is commemorated at the King’s Oak viewpoint on the Sulby Hedges permissive path.


Feasibility Study

May 18, 2017 in News by Karen Everett

The Feasibility Study has now been completed by Haley Sharpe and will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund by the end of May. We hope the DAC will approve the scheme by the end of June 2017 and once that has happened Haley Sharpe will prepare the first round application to be submitted to HLF by 4th September 2017 for a decision by December 2017.

Naseby Battlefield Tour – thank you

June 18, 2016 in News by Karen Everett

Microsoft Word - Letter from Peter MacIntyre to M. Ingram. June

Naseby Battlefield Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

January 19, 2016 in News by Karen Everett

In January 2016 Naseby Battlefield Project 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”.

Battle poem by Clare Mulley

July 2, 2015 in Battle by Karen Everett

Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley

Clare Mulley is a Yorkshire-born poet, shortlisted last year for Young Poet Laureate for London through Spread the Word. She has since been poet in residence at StAnza Festival 2015 in St Andrews, and had work commissioned by the Tate; her poems have been published by Tower Press, and Forward Press. Next year will see her taking up a year-long school residency in Chelsea, tutoring at the Scottish Creative Writing Centre and embarking on an Arctic expedition to complete an extended work about nature, journeys and global warming. Clare particularly enjoys writing on historical themes, and aims to raise awareness of the work done by the Battlefields Trust through a series of new poems inspired by major sites and commemorative events.


Colonel Okey’s Ambush at Sulby Hedge

by Clare Mulley


  They had skirted the hedge, looking all the time for the softest path

free from betraying twigs. Somewhere a horse

whickered at silence, the smell of it

pressed down

and there suddenly

the others, standing twenty breaths’ distance.

The moment rounds, grows pendulous,

a water bead

hung on the grass that fringes them, as yet untrampled -

     yards away, one lad yawns,

another tosses ribaldries, unsure of how to fill an instant

both eternal and long lost (not knowing they’re already dead

as fate and earth can will it – as all flesh is dead at birth)

but he

who must set the cogs in motion, pauses

a kestrel that mounts air’s summit without diving,

wary of the still field he must break

to draw blood

and make home.

          He cocks his musket, one eye closes;

all creation hackles, that last instant, at the catch

of metal brushing back upon itself, gathered to spring.

There will be no undoing

the spark that follows.


370th Anniversary of the Battle of Naseby

June 20, 2015 in News by Karen Everett


Battle of Naseby

370 years after the Battle of Naseby, on 13 and 14 June 2015, the village of Naseby was full of English Civil War re-enactors to commemorate the battle. It began on Saturday, despite the rain, with a skirmish in the village.

A mini fete was also held in the church. The action then moved to the battlefield where the Sealed Knot re-enacted key moments from the battle, such as the action at Sulby Hedge and the Royalist attack on the Parliamentarian baggage train.

Then, in spectacular style, they recreated the battle itself with over 1,500 men and women taking part. For over an hour, the countryside crackled with musket fire and sound of horses’ hooves as they thundered around the battlefield.


Drumhead church service at Naseby Church

 On Sunday morning there was a very moving Drumhead church service outside the village church with the Trustees and Patrons of the Naseby Battlefield Project, the local community and all the Sealed Knot resplendent in their period clothing.


Meet the Ancestors

This was followed by a very special ‘meet the ancestors’ where the descendants of those who took part met in the church.

 Then it was back to the battlefield for a repeat of the previous afternoon, although the hundreds of visitors enjoyed better weather. There was even a special Libertea to bring things full circle and commemorate the Magna Carta.  


Earl Spencer visiting the trade stands

Earl Spencer and a number of the other prominent patrons were there watching the unfolding events and taking an interest in the stands. Lord Hazlerigg was even seen helping out on car parking.

A big thank you must go to the Sealed Knot for putting on an amazing show, to those Trustees and volunteers who worked so tirelessly to make the event such a success. It must also go to the Pike and Shot Society, the Northampton Battlefields Society, heritage groups, wargamers, and artists and photographers from across the county as well as our visiting poet Clare Mulley for their support and participation. But the biggest thank you must go to the local community who allowed us to disrupt their weekend. We hope you all enjoyed it.

Mike Ingram
Trustee and Historian
Naseby Battlefield Project