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Welcome to the Battlefields Trust website


The Battlefields Trust aims to:

  • Save battlefields from destruction by motorways, housing developments etc.
  • Provide a range of battlefield-related activities and information, including the quarterly magazine 'Battlefield', battlefield walks and conferences
  • Liaise with local and national organisations to preserve battlefields for posterity
  • Improve the interpretation and presentation of battlefields
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UK Battlefields Resource Centre

The UK Battlefields Resource Centre was created by the Battlefields Trust to provide information on fields of conflict throughout the United Kingdom. New historical information is regularly added.



Latest Trust News:

Battlefields poetry book available for purchase online

Purchase Clare Mulley's poems inspired by English battlefields here!

Battlefields Trust AGM and Conference 2017

Details of the Battlefeilds Trust AGM and Conference 2017 have been published.

Trust publishes battlefield poetry book

Clare Mulley's collection of poems inspired by English battlefields has just been published by the Battlefields Trust

Tewkesbury Battlefield Society Campaign to Buy Battlefield

Tewkesbury Battlefield Society are working to buy part of the Wars of the Roses battlefield at Tewkesbury and have launched a petition to support its efforts.


Princeton 1777 Battlefield Under Threat

The Amercian War of Independence battlefield at Princeton is under threat.  Learn more about the Trust's response. 

New battle of Langport trail

The Trust has worked with the Langport and History Society to produce a walking trail of the Battle of Langport, 1645. Download it  here

Chalgrove Battlefield Under Threat

South Oxfordshire District Council's new Local Plan proposes to build 3,500 new houses on Chalgrove Airfield, the eastern part of which covers about one third of the Historic England registered battlefield at Chalgrove (1643)

The Battle of Chalgrove 1643 - The Non-traditional View

The Chalgrove Battlefield Group has published its interpretation of the battle of Chalgrove.

Worcester Battlefield - Threat from Development Removed

The proposed development of an unregistered part of the Worcester (1651) battlefield at Middle Battenhall Farm has been withdrawn.

Five Minute Battlefields - Cheriton

The Battlefields Trust Development Officer, Julian Humphrys, talks about the battle of Cheriton 1644

Battlefields and the Teaching of History

Read a recent article by Geoffrey Carter on incorporating battlefields into the teaching of history

2016 Annual Conference and AGM

The conference brochure and booking form for the 2016 Annual Conference are now available in the Members section of the website here

Naseby Battlefield Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

Naseby Battlefield Project has received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, to develop their plans to build a new visitor centre for the Battle of Naseby.

The Civil War on Teeside

A video of the one day workshop run by the Battlefields Trust and its partners on the Civil War in Teeside earlier in the year is now available.

Burglary of Medals at Talana Museum

There was a burglary at Talana Museum last Thursday night/ Friday morning and much of the Museum’s medal collection was stolen. Details are on the Museum's website. Please contact the Museum - details below - if you see any of these or have any information on their whereabouts.

Battlefield Trust objection to planning application at Northampton

Here is the text of the Trust's objection to the application to build a car park on the registered battlefield of Northampton

Please help us oppose threat to Northampton Battlefield

A planning application has been made to build a car park on part of the registered battlefield of Northampton. Many of our members have objected to this application. Please join them.

Battlefields Trust Chair Stands Down

Battlefields Trust Chairman, Frank Baldwin, and National Coordinator and Board Secretary, Peter Burley stood down from their respective roles following the 2015 AGM after many years of generous and vital service which has ensured that the Trust has met its aims of preserving, interpreting and presenting battlefields as historical and educational resources.  

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The final edition of the Provisions newsletter has been published and is available here.

Updates will continue on the website.

2015 AGM and Conference Documents

The agenda and brochure for the 2015 conference and AGM are now available in the Members section of the website here

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The March and April editions of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter have been published.

Northampton Battlefield Update

Following a request by the Battlefields Trust, Northampton Borough Council has provided a further update on efforts to mitigate potential damage to archaeology caused by the stripping soil at Delapre Golf Club on part of the nationally important registered battlefield at Northampton. 

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The February edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here.

Oldest surviving Cannonball in England helps confirm the site of the 1460 Battle of Northampton

The oldest surviving cannonball in England found on Northampton battlefield




Threat to Northampton Battlefield

It was revealed earlier this week that the Golf Club that rents Council land at the site of the Battle of Northampton had started building work there.

Planning application at Norton St Philip rejected

Mendip District Council rejects an application to build houses on the site of the 1685 action at Norton St Philip


Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The January edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here.

Member's Benefits Updated

A new discount has been arranged for members of the Battlefields Trust. For more details please go here

Battlefields Trust Annual Conference and AGM

Details on this year's Battlefields Trust Annual Conference and AGM can be found here

New Articles

Articles on the second battle of Fulford and the battle of Islip Bridge 1645 have been published in the Members' Articles section of the website.

Battle of Tewkesbury - Arrivall Videos

Arrivall video 30 has now been posted featuring what was probably the final ceremonials with the ‘Roundabout of the Year’ ceremony.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The December edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here

Battlefields Trust Magazine

Back copies of the Battlefields Trust magazine are now available in the Members section of the website here

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The October and November editions of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter have been published.

Battle of Lostwithiel 1644

The Battle of Lostwithiel 1644 has been added to the Resource Centre. Click here to view the battle information.

Nibley Green (1470) Update

Stroud District Council has rejected an application to install solar panels on what may be the Nibley Green battlefield.

Threat to the Battlefield of Towton (1461)

Towton battlefield continues to be threatened by an application to site a permanent caravan site on the edge of the current registered battlefield.

Nibley Green (1470) Update

The Battlefields Trist has made further representations about the proposed installation of a solar array on or in the vicinity of the Nibley Green battlefield.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The September edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here

Finding Fulford 1066

A video presentation on the archaeological work being done to locate the battle of Fulford in1066.

Battlefields Trust Objects to Development at Prestonpans (1745)

The Battlefields Trust has objected to the proposed construction of an electricity sub-station on the inventoried Scottish battlefield at Prestonpans.


Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The August edition of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter is available here

Northampton Borough Council Adopt Battlefield Conservation Management Plan
Northampton Borough Council adopted the Northampton (1460) battlefield Conservation Management Plan on 9 July 2014.
Battlefields Trust - Dealing with Battlefield Threats Policy

The Battlefields Trust has published its policy on dealing with battlefields threats
600 solar panels on registered battlefield of Winceby

Planning application to install 600 solar panels on registered battlefield of Winceby approved.

Site of battle of Norton St Philip (1685) under threat


The Trust has objected to a proposal to build 33 houses on part of the site of the action fought at Norton St Philip during the Monmouth Rebellion

Nibley Green (1470) Battlefield Under Threat
A planning application to install solar panels on the Nibley Green (1470) battlefield has been received by Stroud District Council
Job Vacancy - Magna Carta 800 Development Officer

The Battlefields Trust will be appointing a development officer in support of MC800. The role requires a good communicator with the ability to lead and motivate volunteers in interpreting the impact of 1215 and the Barons Wars and building capacity for the organisation.

Subscriptions: New rates from October

Please go to the Members Only section of the website for details of the subscription rates that come into effect from the 1st October 2014.

Development Threat to Winceby Battlefield

The Battlefields Trust has been made aware of a planning application to install 600 solar panels on the registered battlefield of Winceby

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The April and May editions of the Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter have been published.

The Gastons - Battle of Tewkesbury

An update on the bid to buy the Gastons from the Governors of Tewkesbury School can be found here

North East and Borders Regional News
The latest edition of the newsletter of the North East and Scottish Borders Region is now available online
Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

The new, state-of-the-art Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre opened on 1/3/14 at the historic heritage site in Stirling, in time for the 700th anniversary of the battle this year.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The March 2014 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.

2014 Conference Programme
Please follow the links below for a booking form and full details of the Trust's 2014 conference, to be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, 4-6 April.
Letter from Derek Mackay MSP re building at Culloden
Derek Mackay MSP's reply to our Chairman's letter re building at Culloden
Culloden Battlefield - Public Demonstrations

Two demonstrations will be held on Saturday 1st March, 2014, for supporters to show their disgust over the proposed desecration of part of Culloden Battlefield by housing developers.

Heritage Open Days

You are warmly invited to attend the Heritage Open Days annual organiser event. This is your chance to ask Heritage Open Days your questions, meet other organisers, share ideas and get inspired!.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The February 2014 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.

Battlefield Trust Journal

The Battlefields Trust is proposing to publish an annual e-journal of academic style articles covering research into battlefields and is calling for papers.

Proposed housing development at Culloden
Frank Baldwin, Chair of the Battlefields Trust has written to Alex Salmond MSP regarding the proposed development at Culloden
Battlefields Trust 2014 Conference Booking Form
2014 Conference, 4th to 6th April, Royal Armouries, Leeds: further information and booking form
New Articles

Three new articles have been added to the Members section of the website.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The November 2013, December 2013 and January 2014 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletters have been published.

Opportunity to buy part of the battlefield of Tewkesbury
Please support this attempt to secure the future of an important part of the battlefield of Tewkesbury
Threat to Towton Battlefield
Our response to an application made to Selby District Council to make permanent the temporary permission to have two caravans sited on 'The Gallops' at Towton
Lunchtime talks at the Tower of London

We are pleased to announce our 2014 programme of lunchtime talks in the splendid setting of the Tower of London.

Wessex Region Newsletter
The latest edition of 'The Wyvern', the newsletter of our Wessex Region is now available to read online.
The Civil War in the North East

A series of three talks in conjunction with Tyne and Wear Museums on the English Civil War and the involvement of the north east in the struggle between King and Parliament

Sedgemoor wind turbine application withdrawn

 An application to erect a 150ft wind turbine next to Sedgemoor battlefield has been withdrawn.

North East and Scottish Borders Newsletter

The latest issue of 'the Reiver', the newsletter of our North East and Scottish Borders Region is now available to read online

Threat to setting of Battlefield of Sedgemoor

The Trust has objected to an application to build a 50m high wind turbine adjacent to the battlefield of Sedgemoor

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The September 2013 and October 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletters have been published.

Battle of Edgehill Information Hub wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

A project to create an information hub about the Battle of Edgehill has been awarded £71,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund

English Heritage register battlefield of Edgcote

Historic battlefield threatened by HS2 Registered by English Heritage

Threat to Langport (1645)

 South Somerset District Council is considering a revised application to build a solar array on land next to Langport battlefield. Here is the Trust's response

Threat to Bramham Moor (1408) Battlefield

Leeds City Council is considering the Bramham Moor battlefield for development as part of its area plan.

Threat to Bothwell Bridge (1679) Battlefield

 South Lanarkshire Council has received a planning application (reference HM/13/029) to build houses on part of the Historic Scotland inventoried battlefield at Bothwell Bridge.

Leading Battlefield Walks

A beginner's guide to leading battlefield walks has been posted to the Members section of the website. 

Cornish battlefields registered by English Heritage

Following an application by the Battlefields Trust, English Heritage has registered two battles fought around Lostwithiel, Cornwall in August 1644. 

Battlefields/Projects Update June 2013

The latest Battlefields/Projects Update has been published to the members section of the website.

Simon de Montfort 2014 Newsletter

The June 2013 Simon de Montfort 2014 newsletter has been published.

From Carham to Flodden: Five hundred years of Border Conflict
A course of four lectures by Tyne and Wear Museums and the Battlefields Trust


York Council gives go-ahead for homes to be built on most likely site of the Battle of Fulford

York City Council has agreed to the construction of 600 homes on the most likely site of the Battle of Fulford, 1066

Back Issues of the Battlefields Trust Newsletter Now Available

In the members only area of the website, the Battlefields Trust has now published back issues oif its newsletter from September 1992 to January 2000.  An index is also available.

New Wind Turbine Threat to the Naseby Battlefield

There is a new wind turbine threat to the Naseby battlefield. A planning application has been made to Daventry Council to erect a wind turbine at Oxendon.

Bicentennial of the War of 1812

New: Bicentennial of the War of 1812: Battlefield conservation and interpretation as a boost for inward investement and heritage tourism. A paper by Howard Simmons.






The First Blitz Project

The Battlefields Trust has initiated a project on the aerial bombardment of Britain during the First World War. Information on the project can be found here.

News from Tewkesbury

For the latest news from our friends at the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society please click here

News from Northampton

After meeting Trust officers in October and following objections raised by Trust members, Northampton Borough Council appears to have started to modify its approach to the Northampton battlefield

Battlefields Trust Job Adverts

The Battlefields Trust is a charity. Our aim is to preserve, interpret and present battlefields as historical and educational resources. Over the last twenty years the Trust has fought against development on or around battlefields in the UK and overseas. It has installed information boards to improve presentation of nationally important battlefields to the public. In addition, the Trust has undertaken research to better understand battlefields and developed contacts with academics working in this area.


We are working on a programme of major projects covering battlefield preservation, presentation, interpretation, and development for educational purposes. We are seeking to recruit for several positions. Most of these are unpaid, and are likely to be of interest to someone seeking to undertake charitable work as part of a portfolio career or as a retirement activity. Currently we can only offer work experience or a showcase for expertise. Of course, if we are successful in our funding bids we may be in a position to offer project work in various aspect of battlefield heritage management.



We are looking for fund raisers willing to sell advertising space or our commercial services on a commission only basis or obtain local or national corporate sponsorship on a payment by results basis within the guidelines of the Institute of Fund-raising.



We are planning three substantial battlefield projects covering the next few years. All of these will need volunteers to help to run the projects and promote them to communities.



This is a project to extend the investigations started at Bosworth to cover other Wars of the Roses battles and sieges (upward of 15 sites).



We plan to set up a Magna Carta Trail covering as many as possible of the dozens of sites associated with the battles and sieges of the C13th wars that led to the signing of Magna Carta and secured it within English government.



The Centenary of the Great War is an opportunity to document, preserve and interpret the heritage of the world's first strategic aerial bombing campaign, the German air war against Britain 1915-18.


If you want to help, contact the Battlefields Trust via the contact us page on


Battle of Hastings

The debate about the location of the battle of Hastings.


Coming Events:

Northampton Battlefield Society Talk

Thursday 26th January 2017

The armour of Richard III - one in a series of talks by Northampton Battlefield Society.

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

Sunday 5th February 2017

Join the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield.

The Siege of Reading and the Battle of Chalgrove 1643

Saturday 25th February 2017

As part of a series of presentations about John Hampden's battlefields, Simon Marsh will talk about the siege of Reading in April 1643 and the subsequent parliamentarian advance toward Oxford which eventually saw John Hampden mortally wounded at the battle of Chalgrove.

Proposed Trust visit to De Havilland Aircraft Museum

Sunday 12th March 2017

It has been suggested, that as a group, the Battlefields Trust could organise a visit to the De Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney, Hertfordshire.

Mercia Region AGM

Sunday 19th March 2017

Details of the Mercia Region Annual General Meeting


Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold 1646

Sunday 19th March 2017

Join Simon Marsh for a walk across the field of the last battle of the first Civil War.


Battle of Boroughbridge 1322

Sunday 19th March 2017

Join the Chair of the Yorkshire Region, Louise Whittaker, on a walk across the battlefield of Boroughbridge

Cromwell's Oxford Raid and the Battle of Islip Bridge 1645

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Join Gregg Archer for a walk to examine the battle of Islip Bridge and Oliver Cromwell's April 1645 raid around Oxford

Towton and Stamford Bridge Tapestries

Wednesday 26th April 2017

An opportunity to hear about and see tapestries relating to the battles of Towton and Stamford Bridge.

Battlefields Trust Conference and AGM 2017

Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June 2017

Details of the Battlefields Trust 2017 AGM and Conference in Newark and how to book.

Walking Waterloo

29th September – 2nd October 2017

Napoleonic historians Maj.-Gen. Ashley Truluck and Alan Rooney present a unique interpretation of the Waterloo Campaign from the perspectives of Wellington, Blucher and Napoleon respectively as they walk you around the battlefields of Ligny, Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

The American Civil War: Eastern Theatre Tour

30th September – 12th October 2017

Leading Civil War expert Fred Hawthorne leads the Classic American Civil War tour which features the iconic battles of Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, around Richmond, Appomattox, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Antietam and Gettysburg.

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