No study of English history or modern democracy would be complete without reference to the decisive Battle of the English Civil War at Naseby in Northamptonshire. The Battle of Naseby marked the triumph of Parliament over the Monarchy and the birth of modern democracy.
Early on the morning of Saturday 14th June 1645 Parliament’s New Model Army, including Lieutenant General Oliver Cromwell, lined up at Naseby to face down the Royalists headed by Charles I.
Plans leaked recently, show that the current Trustees of the Kelmarsh Hall Estate, which owns land adjacent to the Battlefield site, are in league with German energy giant E.on to erect 7 x 120 meter wind turbines on land adjacent to the Battlefield site. Kelmarsh Hall, a magnificent Grade 1 Georgian Building, would be dwarfed by the massive structures each the height of a 30-40 storey block of flats. The plans have been met with anger from historians, who are working to boost the national reputation of Naseby and who fear that the development would have a serious impact on the area which is unspoilt by anything at the moment.
Whilst there is clearly a place for renewable energy, it is not in an area of such national historical importance, adjacent to a magnificent Grade 1 Georgian Building, an ancient monument and the scene of what many consider the decisive fight of the English Civil War.
And so the battle lines have been drawn once again for The Battle of Naseby (Part 2). With local residents, English Heritage, the Naseby Battlefield Group, The Battlefield Trust and local Parishes poised to join forces in their own ‘New Model Army’ to fight the might of German Electricity supply company E.on and the Kelmarsh Hall Estate.
The full English Heritage Battlefield Report: Naseby 1645 click here http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/Naseby.pdf
For more about The Battle of Naseby visit: http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/resource-centre/civil-war/battleview.asp?BattleFieldId=51
For more about the Naseby Battlefield Project visit: http://www.naseby.com/
To download a letter of objection to E.on click here.e-on-letter.doc
To download a letter of objection to the Trustees of The Kelmarsh Hall Estate click here.trustee-letter.doc
3 January 2008
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