Uncertainty remains over site of the Battle of Northampton


Historians have warned against the creation of a large scale project to mark the Battle of Northampton, because of uncertainty about where key parts of the clash actually took place.

The historic battle was fought on July 10, 1460 close to Delapre Abbey.

It saw Lancastrian and Yorkist forces battle it out by the banks of the River Nene in a clash which eventually led to the capture of King Henry VI and made way for Edward IV to take the throne.

But a group of historians who have researched the battle for Northampton Borough Council, have warned that the exact location of important parts of the battle – such as the fortified Lancastrian camp – remain unknown.

The report said: “Without definitive evidence of the location of the key elements of the battle, a large scale interpretation project would not be justified at Northampton.”

The report said the creation of a project to mark the battle, based on current information, could potentially lead to sections of the battlefield being identified incorrectly, creating ‘the danger that a completely false picture will be painted’.

To get a clearer picture of the battlefield, the historians said a ‘comprehensive investigation’ of the site should now be carried out.

Members of Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet were due to discuss the report last night and back plans for more public consultation on the site’s future preservation.