On the morning of 14 June 1645, parliament’s Newly Modelled Army destroyed King Charles I’s army at Naseby, the decisive battle of the first English Civil War. Nights before this, King Charles stayed at Daventry’s Wheatsheaf Inn and his Royalist forces used Borough Hill as a base before marching to fight at Naseby.
Daventry Museum’s exhibition Commemorating the Battle of Naseby: 375 years. Daventry’s Place in the Conflict is a first for the museum’s collaborators, The Naseby Battlefield Project (NBP). Many items in the exhibition are on display for the very first time from lenders who were the first to dig the battlefield site for archaeology, as well as patrons and trustees of the NBP.
Exhibits include original Armour and swords, finds from the battlefield site such as cannon balls and smaller intimate items such as a love token, a dice and a button adorned with a portrait of the Kings head, plus contemporary paintings of soldiers and views of the battle itself. Highlights include loans from The National Civil War Museum in Newark such as Fairfax’s campaign cup and flask given to him by Cromwell and a lobster pot helmet complete with ‘battle scars’ from the Naseby conflict.
You can still enjoy our Battle of Naseby exhibition by visiting the virtual tour below, which also works if you have a VR headset. Lots of the permanent features of the museum are also highlighted and labelled on this tour too.