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Naseby

Naseby is a parish and village standing on the highest land in the county; the stream which forms the principal source of the river Nene passes through here and the spring of the Avon rises in the garden of the "Manor House," opposite the church. The village is 7 miles south-east from Welford station on the Rugby and Market Harborough section of the North Western railway, and 4 miles west from Kelmarsh station on the Northampton and Market Harborough section of the same company, 4 miles south-east from Welford, 7 south-south-west from Market Harborough and 11½ north-north-west from Northampton, in the Mid division of the county, hundred of Guilsborongh, petty sessional division of Little Bowden, union of Brixworth, county court district of Market Harborough, rural deanery of Rothwell (third portion), archdeaconry of Northampton and diocese of Peterborough.

About 1½ miles from the village of Naseby is the site on which was fought, 14th June, 1645, the memorable battle of Naseby, between the royal army, under the personal command of Charles I. and the parliamentary forces, under Sir Thomas Fairfax; the king took up his position on Dusthill, an eminence about 2 miles north of the village, and Fairfax drew up his forces, numbering 13,000, on the opposite hill, about a mile distant. The Royalists, about 7,500 in number, began the attack, charging uphill; Prince Rupert on their right wing made a brilliantly successful attack, but their infantry being overwhelmed, chiefly by Cromwell's Ironsides, the battle was lost; 700 Royalists were slain and about 5,000 made prisoners; a square stone obelisk commemorative of the battle was erected in 1823, about a mile from the battle-field, by John Fitzgerald esq. and Mrs. Mary Frances Fitzgerald, lord and lady of the manor, and parents of the poet Edward Fitzgerald.

Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire, and Northamptonshire, 1914