Battle of Tewkesbury .
Last Year, I decided to walk the battlefield - easier said than done! I naively assumed it would be well sign-posted and there would be plenty of others walking the route on a sunny July day. This was mainly because I'd walked Bosworth and that walk was well signposted with lots of information and the standards of those taking part were flying so you could gauge what it might have been like. It turned out to be just me, which was unfortunate, because I have huge problems reading maps - and very few signposts or even memorials. It took me through a huge housing estate, pass a graveyard, (not form the time of the battle), across the main road into Tewkesbury, onto a hew housing estate, through a very muddy field, pass local government offices and then through a small wooded area. I was trying to get an idea of the battle - the camp of Queen Margaret etc, but it proved very difficult, and signposts were few and far between. Anyway, it took me a good hour. I only passed one memorial and the odd plaque. Strangely enough, the lasting memorial to the battle is on the new housing estate - the names of the roads are called 'Battle Way', 'Meadow Road', etc, and I wonder if the people living there realised the view from their windows was of 'bloody meadow'. My imagination running away from me, I wondered if they ever heard anything at night. Maybe they know nothing of what happened there.
I did a short study of the battle for my dissertation, and being the staunch Lancastrian I am, was appalled at the behaviour of the Yorkists after the battle - dragging Lancastrians from the sanctuary of Tewkesbury Abbey (which was an important fact for me in my study of Richard III - the Yorkists were no respectors of sanctuary, and Elizabeth Woodville must have known if she did not hand over her younger son to Richard III, he wouldn't hesitate to break the sanctuary at Westminster Abbey), and executed them without trial. I'll re-visit this in another post. There's a memorial to those victims in Tewkesbury. In the meantime, here are some of my photos.