Richard III, King of England, 1483-1485

Richard III, King of England, 1483-1485

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Church Stretton and embarked on a two hour drive to the sites associated with the Battle of Bosworth which took place near Market Bosworth in 1485. This battle marked the end of the medieval period.It was the last conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York which commenced around 1455. At Bosworth, King Richard III lost the battle, life and his throne leaving the Tudor forces victorious under Henry Tudor.

Firstly, we visited the actual site  which is accessed via a muddy field and not visitor friendly. This has recently determined to be the true site of the battle by historians and other experts.

Battle of Bosworth Site

Battle of Bosworth Site.

Battle of Bosworth Battle Site 1485

Battle of Bosworth Battle Site 1485

Next we visited the official visitor site of the Battle of Bosworth site  which has a useful exhibition and educational facilities although the battle site on which the location is predicated is probably not accurate.

Tour Group at Bosworth Vistor Centre

Tour Group at Bosworth Vistor Centre

After lunch at the Bosworth Visitor Centre, we moved on to nearby Leicester. where we spent time visiting the following sites:

  • Archaeological site in a car park  (formerly  Greyfriars Friary) wherein may have been buried King Richard III after his death at the Battle of Bosworth. DNA tests should shortly determine whether the skeleton discovered is that of the famous king.
Richard III Archaeoligical Site, Leicester

Richard III Archaeligical Site, Leicester.

Richard III Archaeoligical Site, Leicester

Richard III Archaeligical Site, Leicester

  • Leicester Cathedral .which dates back 900 years and extended in the 13th and 15th centuries. Here we visited the memorial to King Richard III.
Inside Leicester Cathedral

Inside Leicester Cathedral.

Richard III Memorial at Leicester Cathedral

Richard III Memorial at Leicester Cathedral.

Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral.

The well preserved, wooden Guildhall which dates back to the 14th century.

Inside Leicester Guildhall

Inside Leicester Guildhall.

Leicester Guildhall

Leicester Guildhall.

Leicester Guild Hall

Leicester Guild Hall.

  • The bronze statue of Richard III near the entrance to Castle Gardens on St. Augustine Road.
Richard III Statue, Leicester

Richard III Statue, Leicester.

Bow Bridge, St Augustine Road. Richard III rode over the predecessor of  this bridge on the way to the Battle of Bosworth.

Bow Bridge, Leicester

Bow Bridge, Leicester

Richard III Road

Richard III Road, Leicester

Richard III Road, Leicester

  •  Ruins of Roman Baths
Roman Baths and Wall, Leicester, England.

Roman Baths and Wall, Leicester, England.

After concluding our tour of Leicester, we drove for about one hour to our lodgings at Peterborough. Tomorrow we visit Castle Rising and Lincoln.

Roman Baths at Leicester, England

Roman Baths at Leicester, England.

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