Naseby (story, photos etc.)

I: Naseby, 1645 –  Northamptonshire

Naseby Commanders 01

Some of the prominent commanders at Naseby

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Naseby battlefield interpretation board.


(satellite view of the battlefield with deployment positions marked – Okey in yellow)

(Streeter’s view adjusted to minimise the foreshortening and show Okey’s likely position)


Photographs of the battlefield today (taken June 14 2009 unless noted otherwise)

One must imagine the hedges and fields replaced with open field, heath and scrub (and the slopes probably more pronounced than they are today)

(The Obelisk – site of the mill where the Parliamentarian army mustered on the day of battle)

(The battlefield, a mile or so in the background from the ‘Fairfax Viewpoint’, as Naseby Project’s Ian Dexter holds an arm out towards the Royalist vantage point, the ‘Rupert Viewpoint’, some 3 miles to the north …  ringed in yellow, it is just possible to make out the flag above the Cromwell monument) Photo 2012

(a distant view of the battlefield from East Farndon: it is difficult to imagine what 12,000 soldiers on the distant ridge lines would look like  – but at this distance, Rupert drew up the King’s army) photo:2012

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Cromwell Monument: looking west along the ridge on which the Parliamentarian army fought.

(Broadmoor, viewed from the front of Closter Hill, behind the Cromwell monument) Photo: 2010

(the steep reverse of Lodge Hill: here, the second and third lines of Cromwell’s cavalry would not have been seen from Dust hill) Photo:2010

(east of the Sibbertoft road, looking towards the Royalist lines: this is the cavalry field where Cromwell’s horse defeated Langdale) Photo: 2011

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Broadmoor (looking from the ridge towards the Royalist lines – all this would have been open fields: Sulby Hedge is in centre picture about 4 modern fields distant)

(the view back from Okey’s position in Sulby Hedges towards the main Parliamentary position on Closter Hill) Photo 2011

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(just west of the Sibbertoft road, looking back from the opposite crest) … this is probably the left centre of the Royalist position before they moved off to assault the New Model army on the distant crest …

(Blewcoat reenactors on Broadmoor near where the Royalist last stand was made) Photo 2010

(Blewcoat memorial stone adjacent to the Sibbertoft road on Broadmoor) Photo 2012

Sibbertoft Road June 14 2009

(14th June – reenactors on the Sibbertoft road)

The Royalist retreat

On June 14th, the battle ended with the surrender of several thousand Royalist infantry when they were trapped whilst fight on Closter Hill by Cromwell’s victorious cavalry.  Notwithstanding, significant concentrations of musket shot have been all the way up to Wadborough and Moot Hill as Royalists fled the field, covered the escape of the King and fought for the army’s baggage.  In amongst the train, the King’s personal effects were captured including his ‘cabinet’ of personal papers (which were to play a significant role in his subsequent trial by Parliament) …

(‘Englands’, where the Royalist baggage was parked – here about the ‘King’s cabinet’ was taken, and the evidence of his treason emerged)  Photo 2012

(Moot Hill, where it is said the Royal Standard had been placed, and Wadborough … here the archaeological trail ends) Photo 2012

All  pictures © Phil Steele

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5 Comments on “Naseby (story, photos etc.)”

  1. Flipping heck. I know that this project was done several years ago, but kudos to you for doing this. I am a member of the Sealed Knot and fight as a Pike-man and was just looking around the web…

    • yesthatphil Says:

      Project is ongoing of course – and this page could probably do with an update – last outing for us was September this year at Newark … anyway thanks for having a look and I really appreciate you taking the time to comment


  2. Warwick Louth Says:

    Would it be possible to use the annotated image from Streeter’s Anglia Redivia for a piece of academic work I am currently finishing. Explaining the battlefield archaeology at Naseby, with key features highlighted between modern and period maps is vital and your image does it perfectly
    Cheers Warwick

  3. […] have updated the resource page on Naseby battlefield with photos taken over the last few visits.   The terrain is very […]

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