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19 July 2013

THE Battle of Naseby was the most battle of the Civil War when, in 1645, the army of Charles I was destroyed after three years of bloody conflict, and left the way open for Cromwell and the Commonwealth.

The battle was fought on the open fields of Peterborough diocese, and the battlefield is well preserved. Now there is a plan for All Saints', Naseby, to have a secure display area for battlefield information, as well as refreshment and lavatory facilities for visitors.

The scheme was recently launched by Earl Spencer (left in photo), with members of the Sealed Knot, as part of a fund-raising programme that starts in the village with a weekend of re-enactments by the Vikings, the Medieval Siege Society, and the Bluecoat regiment of the Sealed Knot. There are also talks, walks round the battlefield, demonstrations, and films.

A joint working party has been formed by the Naseby PCC and the Naseby Battlefield Project, chaired by the Diocesan Community Development Officer, Bob Purser, which will undertake a feasibility study. All Saints' is currently undergoing essential repairs to the fabric, and will reopen for worship in September. The full project for the church and visitors' centre is likely to take several years to complete.

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