Six new interpretation boards commemorating Naseby Battlefield to be unveiled

Published Monday 18 March 2024

Market Harborough is set to commemorate its historic ties to the pivotal Battle of Naseby with the installation of six new battlefield interpretation boards around the town centre and Welland Park.

The new interpretation boards, arranged by Harborough District Council, will offer visitors and residents alike a comprehensive understanding of the battle's significance, the events leading up to it, and its aftermath. Each board will feature informative narratives, illustrations, and maps to provide context and insight into the battle's unfolding.

The Battle of Naseby, fought on June 14, 1645, was a decisive engagement of the English Civil War, where Parliamentary forces under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell decisively defeated the Royalist army led by King Charles I. Market Harborough played a crucial role as a strategic location during this historic conflict.

Cllr Galton, Deputy Leader of Harborough District Council, said: "The Battle of Naseby is an integral part of our local history, and it's vital that we preserve and share this heritage for future generations. These interpretation boards will not only enhance the visitor experience but also serve as lasting reminders of Market Harborough's significant role in shaping our nation's history."

This project has received £5,455 part funding from the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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