The Battle of Naseby

Today is the 370th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby. This battle practically decided the outcome of the English Civil War, as the Parliamentarian army lead by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell pretty much destroyed King Charles I’s Royalist army. The battle started at 9am and finished around noon.

Some really weird things happened during our visit…

Aside from the occasional dog-walker, we walked the fields alone. Gliders overhead made a certain humming noise, however at one point we heard the sound of men shouting! I detected a lot of EMF fluctuation, which came as quickly as it went - unusual considering our location. The highest EMF spike was 8.4mG, with many blips up around 3.7mG. The most sustained EMF rise occurred when Mum thought she heard a voice near the hedgerow.

At about 11.30am, I decided to play the National Anthem on my phone in an attempt to ‘trigger’ activity. Soon after, 100s of crows took flight over the adjacent field! We ran to get a closer look, but the flock dispersed as quickly as it assembled! Lastly, we found an old oak tree on the supposed Royalist side of the field, potentially the very tree Charles I is rumoured to have hidden behind upon realisation of his impending defeat. The short-lived bursts of EMF seemed to reach greater heights on our walk back to the car.

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Cromwell at the Battle of Naseby

Fotheringhay Castle

Fotheringhay was the birth place of King Richard III - whose body has been recently discovered under a car park in Leicester. Mary Queen of Scotts was also beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in 1587. The castle, which is now just a grassy mound, was demolished soon after. My day out began with a hot chocolate and bakewell tart at the Talbot Hotel in Oundle. The staircase at the Talbot Hotel is believed to have come from Fotheringhay Castle - the very staircase Mary Queen of Scots descended before her execution! A quick EMF sweep revealed little.

When we got to Fotheringhay, a requiem to Richard III was taking place at the church. We stood outside for a while listening to the eerie choir music, then headed for the mound. Apart from the occasional blip in EMF, there is not much to report. Thistles were growing at the top of the mound - fitting, in remembrance of our Scottish Queen.

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Mary Stewart aka Mary Queen of Scots