On the 10th July 2013, members of the Medieval Siege Society, mounted and on foot, led a guided walk across the battlefield to commemorate those that fell from both sides on that fateful day in 1460. We were accompanied by historian, local councillors, and members of the general public who had come to remember Northampton’s rich history.
The walk left the Delapre Abbey site, via the probable location of the Lancastrian cavalry charge, before proceeding up the London Road to the site of the Eleanor Cross, from where 553 years hence Papal Legate Coppini watched the events of the battle unfold. There, in a short ceremony we laid white and red roses to symbolise the fallen from the houses of York and Lancaster.
We then took a path back through the east section of the Battlefield, where historian and Companye member Mike Ingram gave a short lecture on the events of the battle and the probable location of the Lancastrian defences, before returning to the Abbey.
The walk was considered a great success, and will be repeated annually. We are most grateful to Lucy from All-Work Equestrian Services for the loan of the horse, which really added to the event.