Action at Naseby over a difficult Season

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Yes, it has been a difficult year, with most events cancelled.  I have to say, as a former Safety Officer, in many cases, unneccesarily (the Covid-19 Secure Guidelines have permitted outdoor events – that have been Risk Assessed and follow Social Distancing – thoughout much of the year, but many organisations have chosen to cancel, anyway … in some cases, I think, because that’s what everyone else was doing) …

That said, we have managed some closed events, some bespoke tours, a training weekend for the Troop (which replaced our 375 spectacular in the calendar) and finally, on October the 25th, an open battlefield tour.

We have been working with landowners to open up more of the battlefield this year, particularly, thanks to Alan Larsen and The Troop, on the flanks, where the cavalry fought.

Scenes from the training weekend (which included some set-up filming segments) …

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The marshalling areas (above) and some set piece filming (below)

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The cavalry flanks … I added a couple of open landscape shots to the Galleries …

The Royalist right flank (Prince Maurice)

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(shot finds map associated with these fields on the Royalist right: this is primarily the firefight with Col Okey’s dragoons who were stationed in the parish boundary hedge)

The Royalist left flank (Langdale) viewed from Paliament’s Right (Cromwell)

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The October public tour …

The tour was limited to 15 (to allow adequate distancing) booked in advance (to ensure we had traceable contact details) – and sold out very quickly. Everyone showed up as booked.

We started the tour with background stories and orientation in Naseby Church.  I’ll include a picture for posterity (as I think the masks will characterise this period for years to come) …

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Most of the visitors were in household ‘bubble’ groups, which were OK sitting together …

We were well supported by reenactors and show and tell enthusiasts …

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Although there is some foreshortening in the camera shots, the displays were also more spread out, so it was difficult to get everyone in.

We had a number of horsemen too, who helped us explore the cavalry positions, charging up the slope, discharging pistols etc.

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The foot gave us some volleys (although there were some hangfires this time around) …

ecw blog 12All in all, a good series of vignettes to support the narrative.  We were lucky with the weather and the conditions underfoot, although, being Autumn, even some of the drier looking fields were muddy in parts (but Naseby is like that, and eyewitness accounts say it was quite soggy back in 1645, even in June) …

We ended the tour at R.O.C. taking an overview of the retreat phase – and just wrapping up before the rain hit us.  Lucky again … the heavens opened as did the Royal Oak.

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed over the Summer to keeping Naseby battlefield an active and eccessible heritage site.

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