New Battle of Northampton painting unveiled

New painting depicting the Battle of Northampton
New painting depicting the Battle of Northampton

A new painting depicting the Battle of Northampton has been unveiled alongside the oldest-surviving cannon ball in the UK.

The painting of the battle shows the Yorkist gun line with Queen Eleanor’s Cross in the background by historical artist Matthew Ryan.

- Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton. NN4 7HW - pics of the oldest cannonball in England plus a new painting of the Battle of Northampton - Mike Ingram 0773 8908808 - NSP 7033 NNL-151202-191819009

- Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton. NN4 7HW - pics of the oldest cannonball in England plus a new painting of the Battle of Northampton - Mike Ingram 0773 8908808 - NSP 7033 NNL-151202-191819009

It was shown in public for the first time along with what is thought to be the oldest cannon ball in the UK.

Jane Allwork, wife of the late Stuart Allwork who found the cannon ball near Eagle Drive, unveiled the painting.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “The battle was a turning point in the War of the Roses and in July last year, cabinet agreed a conservation management plan for the battlefield.

“This protects the site of the battle, and sets out our commitment to promote the battlefield with a visitor centre as part of the renovation work at Delapre Abbey.

“This would make a perfect centrepiece in the visitor centre as we celebrate our history to residents and visitors.”