Come to Northamptonshire this weekend to mark 370 years since the pivotal Battle of Naseby

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10830479_627551450683758_6062613103275333954_oThis weekend, we mark 370 years since the pivotal Battle of Naseby with a major battle re-enactment on part of the original battlefield!

Melee (Manchesters vs Ruperts) during Sealed Knot English Civil War historical re-enactment at Kelmarsh, May 2008Next to this sleepy village, nestled between Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Lutterworth, and Market Harborough, over the weekend of 13th and 14th June a full programme of events will bring moment alive the remarkable day when Parliamentarian forces defeated the army of King Charles I and set the stage for more than three and a half centuries of British history.

This is not just a very important event for those taking part but also for the village and The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote is proud to be a part of it.

Here’s the schedule for this weekend:

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS – SATURDAY

10.30 – Royalist Troops march through the village

11.15 – Parliament Troops march through the village

11.30 – Skirmish on the edge of the village

12.00 – The New Model Army enters the village with cavalry escort routing Royalist troops and officers lunching in All Saints Church

12.00 – The living history encampment on Mill Hill opens to inform, educate and entertain members of the public.

13.30 – Pre-battle display 1: Sulby Hedge, where we re-enacting the start of the battle when Colonel Okey’s Dragoons fired into the Royalist Cavalry.

14.15 – Pre-battle display 2: Parliament Baggage Trayne, where the Royalist cavalry will charge the length of the field and engage the camp which will be defended by the Artillery Guard of Firelocks commanded by Captain-Lieutenant Desborough.

14.45 – The main field armies arrive at Mill Hill, forming into the large formations that can be seen on battle maps of of the time.

15.00 – Battle is joined, with pike, musket, cannon, drums, colours, and cavalry battling it out for the fate of England!

16.30 – Parliament is victorious and both armies will march back through the village behind massed drums and colours.

17.30 – Mill Hill closes to the public

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS – SUNDAY

10.30 – Troops march through the village

11.00 – Act of Remembrance for the fallen of the Civil Wars outside the Church of All Saints, Naseby with local residents, patrons and trustees of the Naseby Battlefield Project and all members of the Sealed Knot welcome.

11.45 – Meet the Ancestors – meet the descendants of those that took part in the Battle of Naseby in All Saints Church.

12.00 – The living history encampment on Mill Hill opens to inform, educate and entertain members of the public.

13.30 – Pre-battle display 1: Sulby Hedge, where we re-enacting the start of the battle when Colonel Okey’s Dragoons fired into the Royalist Cavalry.

14.15 – Pre-battle display 2: Parliament Baggage Trayne, where the Royalist cavalry will charge the length of the field and engage the camp which will be defended by the Artillery Guard of Firelocks commanded by Captain-Lieutenant Desborough.

14.45 – The main field armies arrive at Mill Hill, forming into the large formations that can be seen on battle maps of of the time.

15.00 – Battle is joined, with pike, musket, cannon, drums, colours, and cavalry battling it out for the fate of England!

16.30 – Parliament is victorious and both armies will march back through the village behind massed drums and colours.

17.30 – Mill Hill closes to the public

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