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Naseby (All Saints)

NASEBY (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Brixworth, hundred of Guilsborough, S. division of the county of Northampton, 3 miles (S. E. by E.) from Welford; containing 898 inhabitants. The Nene and the Avon take their rise in the village, which is supposed to be nearly in the centre of England, and is so elevated that the former river flows into the North Sea, and the latter into the Severn at Bristol. The celebrated Naseby Field, consisting of nearly 4000 acres, was inclosed in 1820 by the lord of the manor, who erected a beautiful pillar with a suitable inscription to commemorate the decisive battle fought here on the 14th of June, 1645, between the royalist army commanded by Charles I., and the parliamentary forces headed by Fairfax and Cromwell, when the king's army was irretrievably defeated. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8; net income, £90; patron and impropriator, G. A. Maddock, Esq.: the tithes were commuted for land and a money payment in 1820. The church is very ancient.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.