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An aerial view of the battlefield looking east. Emparking in the 18th century has saved the battlefield from development which has now encompassed it on all sides as a result of 19th and 20th century expansion. The London Road bounds the site on the near side. The parallel boundary forming the distant edge of the park and golf course is the line of what in the  medieval period was a lesser road into the town, via Derngate. Where that road crossed the Nene may prove to be the Sandyford where many of the fleeing Lancastrian troops were drowned.
 
The Battle

Some interpretations place the Lancastrians with the river Nene at their back and state that they had dug entrenchments and gun emplacements facing southwards and uphill. In fact several contemporary accounts indicate that the camp was in an existing park on the south side of Delapre Abbey, or at least in the open fields of Hardingstone which lay between the Abbey and the village of Hardingstone. It also seems that it may have been an existing park pale that was used by the Landscatrian forces as a defence.

The Yorkists deployed to the south, along the top of Hardingstone Hill and in pouring rain advanced down the slopes. The battle was over in remarkably short time, perhaps only half an hour. The Lancastrians were hampered by the torrential rain that made their artillery ineffective. Far worse was the betrayal of Sir Ralph Grey, who changed allegiance to the Yorkist side during the course of the battle. His forces let the Yorkist troops in across the defence on the rigth wing and so brought about a swift conclusion. The King was captured and many of the Lancastrian nobles were killed, including the Duke of Buckingham, Lord Chursbury, Viscount Beaumont and Sir Thomas Fyderme. Many of the common soldiers seem to have drowned in the rout as the fled north accross the river towards the town.

 

   
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