In 1792, John published by subscription the first edition of “The History and Antiquities of Naseby, in the County of Northampton”. A second edition was published in 1818. As might be expected, the book records the Civil War battle that took place in the parish in 1645. Other material there includes an account of agricultural practices, references to contemporary residents and details of at least some of the memorials and tombstones that were then present in the church and churchyard.
In his later years,