New visitor centre could be built on Battle of Northampton site

MNCE Battle of Northampton event at Delapre Abbey
MNCE Battle of Northampton event at Delapre Abbey

A new visitor centre could be built on an historic battlefield site in Northampton under plans due to be discussed by Northampton Borough Council.

The grounds of Delapre Abbey played host to the Battle of Northampton in July 1460, a key battle in the War of the Roses.

The rebel Yorkists faced the King’s Lancastrians and the fighting - which some scholars believe left 7,000 dead - spread as far as the river near the modern day Britannia pub and Eagle Drive.

At a Northampton Borough Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday, councillors are due to adopt a new Battle of Northampton Conservation Management Plan.

The document recommends a bid for further funding for its research to try to establish the location of the Lancastrian encampment and further understand the wider battlefield

The cabinet is also due to agree to the development of a Battlefield Visitor Centre to showcase the battlefield, the results of any further survey work and any associated archaeology and local history in association with interested parties and the community

The council held a consultation on the future of the battle field earlier in the year and received 500 responses.

The report states that funding options for a Battlefield Visitor Centre would need to be investigated, including bidding for external funding, re-prioritising the capital programme, using reserves and borrowing.