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31st May 2023

Delapré Abbey hosts events in celebration of new Battle of Northampton information boards

Delapré Abbey is hosting a day of activities to celebrate the launch of new information boards marking the site of the 1460 Battle of Northampton, presented in partnership with the Northamptonshire Battlefield Society. 
Taking place on Saturday 3 June, these events offer an illuminating experience that will transport visitors back to the historic battle. 
Kicking off the day at 11am in the Drawing Room, Dr. Dan Spencer, a historian specialising in late medieval and early modern warfare, will delve into the role of artillery during the Wars of the Roses through a fascinating talk. This will be a unique chance to hear Dan talk about medieval artillery at the place where the oldest battlefield cannonball in England was found.

Northamptonshire Battlefield Society will provide games and information from 12:30pm until 3pm in a gazebo on the South Lawn, adjacent to The Orangery café. Visitors can play the Battlefield Game, a lightning fast, two player board game that transports you to the heart of the historic conflict. Take charge of the Yorkists while the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society assumes the role of the Lancastrians. Engage in strategic gameplay as you command your forces and rewrite the outcome of history.
Between 1pm and 3pm, participants can join the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society for tours of the battlefield site, unravelling the tactics and significance of the monumental clash that occurred. The stunning grounds of Delapré Abbey provide the perfect backdrop for exploring the stories of this important event.

At 2pm, anyone with young children is invited to join a family friendly age appropriate tour that delves into the fierce arguments, exact location, and ultimate outcome of the epic battle. Dressing up in helmets and swords is encouraged, adding an extra layer of excitement to the experience.

In the Drawing Room at 3pm, Graham Evans, Chair of the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society will present a thought-provoking talk titled "A King Betrayed. The Battle of Northampton 1460" which explores the significance of the battle fought at Delapré Abbey; significant as it marked a turning point in the Wars of the Roses, featured the first large-scale use of artillery in England, led to the capture of King Henry VI, and shaped the future of England by contributing to the rise of the Yorkist faction and eventual establishment of the Tudor dynasty.
All activities are free except for Dr. Dan Spencer’s talk at 11am where there is a £5 charge. To find out more and book tickets visit

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