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Project update October 2017

We are thrilled to announce that a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £84,400 has now been awarded to the Mortimer’s Cross Battlefield Project,a local group of the Battlefields Trust. Made possible with money raised by National Lottery players, we can now begin to investigate the site of this ‘Wars of the Roses’ battle and raise awareness of its historic importance in leading Edward IV, the first Yorkist King, to the throne. Very little is known or written about this battle, but battlefield specialists, alongside local volunteers and students hope to piece together a more accurate picture of this significant event. Work will begin in the new year and finish in 2021 when visitor information will be completed. We will be sending out specific details of the various tasks that volunteers will be asked to help us with, once the project is underway. This autumn our task is to appoint Project and Archaeology Directors.

As many of you know, Yorkists battled Lancastrians and the victor was Edward, Earl of March, a Mortimer descendent. Once crowned he took as his badge ‘The Sun in Splendour’, due to his triumph at Mortimer’s Cross, still used in the Queen’s regalia today.

Landscape and battlefield archaeology, in partnership with Huddersfield University, will provide unique national training in the methodology required in uncovering the secrets of the site. Project archaeologists and volunteers will also seek to find where those who died are buried before evidence deteriorates further. The project will set historic interpretation panels at key points in the landscape and provide a permanent visitor information display at the Mortimer’s Cross Inn for the many visitors to the site. Battlefield walks, regular events and activities for schools will tell the story to young and old alike. Find details of the story at www.battlefieldstrust.com or in Geoffrey Hodges’s book ‘Ludford Bridge and Mortimer’s Cross’ which is sold at project events.

 Dates for your diary:  to book contact Martin Hackett hackett765@btinternet.com 07926 90302

25th November 2017 Medieval Banquet Corner’s Inn Kingsland, three delicious and authentic courses with entertainment, brief quiz and prize draw for £25 Medieval dress optional

27th January 2018  Quiz night and supper Mortimer’s Cross Inn   

28th April 2018 MX Battlefield walk

If you have any information about found artefacts, local stories of the battle or place names or if you wish to be added to the supporters list for updates – or to unsubscribe Please contact project coordinator patricia@pothecary.net 01568708597   

The Battlefields Trust is the only national organisation with a remit to protect, interpret and promote battlefields as historic and educational resources


This organisation covers all the local History societies and they issue a very useful newsletter with all sorts of information from local history groups including meetings, walks, open days and events generally. So do have a read if you have an interest. You can access the September – November 2017 newsletter by clicking the link here.

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Project update March 2017

Donations Request

We have now heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and, not unexpectedly, are being asked to resubmit our bid. One thing we must do is raise some money ourselves which we estimate to be between £5,000 and £10,000 to strengthen our bid. We already have £1,000 pledged and are looking into some local trusts. As we still need to keep the project relatively low key until the archaeology is completed, we are asking for pledges from our supporters first. This money will go towards four specialised, outdoor history interpretation panels to be located at key points including Kingsland Church and the MX Inn and, if the larger sum is pledged, the visitor information displays at the MX Inn.

If you feel able to pledge a donation, no matter how modest, towards these panels please contact Ian Maddox at ian.maddox@outlook.com  Your pledge will be anonymous known only to Ian and the Battlefields Trust (BT) Treasurer. Once the project is underway, with or without HLF funding, we will ask for the pledges to be released into the BT account where 100% will be ring fenced for the panels.

We have good support from a host of organisations and experts, including the National Trust and English Heritage, as well as the MX Inn which is to host the main visitor information display, not forgetting the Battlefields Trust under whose umbrella this locally run project operates.

 Mortimer’s Cross Battlefield Walk May 6th.

This all-day event is impressively narrated by experienced battlefield walk leaders and will include pre-walk coffee, a simple but delicious lunch and post walk tea and cake. These refreshments are a highlight, with excellent reviews. The morning walk (3.5 miles approx.) will take in the two most likely battle sites, plus two post lunch events in Kingsland and an afternoon return walk (2 miles approx). The walk is conducted at a modest pace to accommodate varying levels of fitness. It has been oversubscribed each year so book early. It is a truly fun and sociable day out which runs from 9.30-5.30. Details and booking forms for this walk will be sent to you on request, please contact Martin Hackett at hackett765@btinternet.com

Some project outcomes

A major aim of the project is to raise awareness of the battle for all age groups, for example by improving visitor experience and perhaps locating the site more accurately. One exciting development will be the landscape archaeology to map the area as closely as possible to how it was in 1461 and to teach people how to read their historic landscape.

A comprehensive description of the battle can be found on the Battlefield Trust’s website.

We also have a Facebook page

If you wish to be added to the supporters list – or to unsubscribe, please contact our Secretary patricia@pothecary.net 01568 708 597 

Project update November 2016

We should know if our bid for Heritage Lottery Funding is successful before the end of 2016.The intention to locate the site more accurately and provide visitors to the site with information about the battle will then move ahead.

mx-de-16-update-pic-1An excellent description of the battle can be found on the Battlefield Trust’s website. http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/resource-centre/warsoftheroses/battleview.asp?BattleFieldId=25

We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MX1461

In the meantime we are planning some events for 2017

mx-de-16-update-pic-2One firm date for your diary is May 6th when the annual Mortimer’s Cross battlefield walk will take place. Led by experienced battlefield walk leaders, this will be an all-day event and will include morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and cake. There will be a minimum of two walk routes. At least one of these will differ from previous years for those who wish to walk again but experience a different perspective. Another will be our traditional walk of the two most likely battle sites, plus post lunch events in Kingsland and an afternoon return walk. Details and booking forms for this walk will be posted in due course in 2017. The walk has been oversubscribed each year.

More events to come will be connected with medieval village life and the battle so watch this space.

mx-de-16-update-pic-3We commemorated 555 years since the battle with a ceremony at Croft Castle Chapel in September.

Our first AGM was held in October and we still need an Honorary Treasurer for managing small funds. Larger funds will be managed by the Battlefields Trust who are our umbrella organisation. If you feel you can spare time for four meetings in the year and can help please contact us.

We now have support from a wide range of organisations and individuals, including Historic England (previously English Heritage) and the National Trust. Plans for battlefield, landscape and community archaeology as well as events, visitor experience, education and publicity are in place. A supporters list stands at over 140 people.

If you wish to be involved in the project or simply wish to be added to the supporters list – or to unsubscribe Please contact our Secretary patricia@pothecary.net 01568708597


Project update June 2016

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The project is moving forward and we are currently preparing the final stages of a bid for Heritage Lottery Funding to enable us to develop a heritage package to include all age groups. The intention is to raise awareness of the significance of the battle and it’s impact on the broader history of England and the monarchy. It is also intended to produce various information points, including at the Mortimer’s Cross Inn and eventually some interpretation panels for visitors to the site.

An excellent description of the battle can be found on the Battlefield Trust’s website. http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/resource-centre/warsoftheroses/battleview.asp?BattleFieldId=25

We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MX1461

In the meantime we would like your help.

We intend to train interested supporters in some exciting activities over the next three years, for example reading the historic landscape, searching for evidence of the battle, processing finds, following up reports of finds and and local stories about the battle and helping with and/or attending events, such as various demonstrations, talks and walks. There will be experts on hand to help everyone develop their particular interests and skills

To secure funding, we need to show that there is an interest and will be sending out a form in a week or so in order to demonstrate that the project intentions are supported by the local and wider community. If you wish to be involved at any level and haven’t already described what you would like to be involved in, or are not on the supporters list please contact our Secretary patricia@pothecary.net 01568708597 and you will receive the form to record your area of interest in due course.

Other news

The walk on April 16th was very successful, there were over 50 people who enjoyed a full day of guided walks, an arms and weapons demonstration and a tour of battle related sites of medieval Kingsland. A big thank you to all the volunteers and especially to our expert organisers and walk leaders Anthony Rich, Martin Hackett and Ian Maddox. There will be a variety of more walks planned for the future.

On the weekend of September 10th and 11th 2016 Jason OKeefe will be running two full days of MX battle re-enactment events with a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy at Croft Castle. We will hold the MX Battlefield Project AGM at this event and a commemoration of 555 years since the battle. Exact location, day and timing of our AGM and commemoration will be published in due course.


Famous for the sighting of Three Suns in the sky (a “parhelion”) this local Wars of the Roses battle in February 1461 changed history for ever. Every British monarch since Henry VIII is directly related to both the rival leaders: Edward Earl of March, (the victor who became King Edward IV), and Owen Tudor, (who was defeated, captured & executed, but founded the Royal House of Tudor). Why, how and where did this major historical event take place?  Join published historian Martin Hackett, accredited Battlefield Guide Anthony Rich, and Chair of the Battlefields Trust’s Mortimer’s Cross Project Ian Maddox on Saturday 16 April 2016 to help search for the answers.

9.30 to 10.00: Mortimer’s Cross Inn:  Registration, Division into Groups & Coffee

10:00 to 1020 Introduction: sets the scene for the day, and gives you the historical context of the battle.

10.30 to 12.30: Guided Battlefield Walk from Mortimer’s Cross to Kingsland
Exploring the possible Northern & Southern Battlefield Sites & Evidence

12.30 to 13.40: Buffet Lunch at the Corners Inn, Kingsland
Note: (Lunch included: drinks are extras to be bought by you)

13.45 to 16.15: Presentation on Arms & Armour & Medieval Kingsland Walk
All participants can attend both a walk round battle related Medieval Kingsland and also a Presentation in the Village Hall on Armour, Weapons and Equipment. Groups will alternate between the two activities.

16.20 to 17.30: Walk via the Battle Monument to Mortimer’s Cross Inn.
We walk back across the Northern Battlefield Site to our start point for tea and cakes, a presentation on the aftermath of the battle, and an open discussion of topics raised during the day.

 A suggested donation of £20.00 per adult (£15.00 for Battlefield Trust Members) is invited to cover everything provided on the day (including lunch but excluding lunchtime drinks) & fund further research.

  • Participation at own risk
  • Accompanied children & well controlled dogs are welcome
  • Walks suitable for anyone able to undertake a 3 mile cross-country walk at a gentle pace using paths, tracks & minor roads. Mud & stiles may be encountered en-route.
  • Organisers reserve right to amend or cancel all or part of the programme without prior notice.
  • Lifts between Kingsland & Mortimer’s Cross available for those unable to walk the distance

Places are limited so pre-booking is essential & for updates/changes.

To Book & For Further Details Contact: Anthony Rich on anthonyrich@virginmedia.com      Tel:0 121-249-9292 or 07711 086189

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 Mortimer’s Cross 1461 Battlefield Project



SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER, 10.30am, at Croft Castle in the Beer Tent during the weekend re-enactment event to mark the battle


In the first place we were charged with trying to identify, more accurately, the site of the battle. This is in order for Historic England (English Heritage) to designate Mortimer’s Cross as an officially registered battlefield site. This is a long-term aim that could take several years. For this reason we are affiliated to and supported by the Battlefields Trust

Equally important is to raise the profile of the battle in the local and wider community, to support schools in their work on local history, to provide information and events for local people and tourists alike and, in the process, help protect sensitive sites and increase revenue for local business.


  • Over 50 people have already expressed an interest in joining the project, many of them following the walk of the site in April 2015
  • We have a new logo designed by Richard Weaver
  • Greg Archer (Battlefields Trust) is going to run a newsletter
  • Investigations, led by specialists, are following through on likely sites. Some of these may lead us to a more precise location. We are concerned to keep all investigations of this type under the auspices of the specialists so that evidence gathered holds credibility
  • It is intended to develop a better picture of the land and roadways as they were 1461
  • Mortimer’s Cross Inn have agreed to host a visitor center and be the venue for meetings in the future
  • A small group is overseeing the preparation towards applying for funding for expert help at the right time
  • We intend to plan a series of regular events each year, including various guided walks, to raise the profile of the battle


The project is being overseen locally by Ian Maddox from Shobdon and Patricia Pothecary from Kingsland. They are supported by a group of local people with skills in administration, design and fundraising. We are also supported by battlefield experts from further afield, including Anthony Rich from the Battlefields Trust and and Dr Glenn Faord reader in Battlefield Archeology at Huddersfield University.


  • Agree the terms of the project
  • Decide whether we should take a subscription from members for small-scale initial activity,
  • Set up a timetable of actions


Any questions? Contact: Patricia Pothecary patricia@pothecary.net 01568 708597

On the day:    Ian Maddox 07880 966050  Patricia Pothecary 079747 12169

 Project to Register The Battlesite of Mortimer’s Cross Takes its First Steps 

Battlefields walk April 2015 smallBattlefields Trust experts, academics and local people from Kingsland and the surrounding parishes are working together to investigate officially registering the Wars of the Roses battlefield at Mortimer’s Cross

The battle of Mortimer’s Cross was fought on February 2nd 1461 close to the village of Kingsland. The site also straddles the parish boundaries of Shobdon, Aymestrey and Lucton. Some reports indicate that up to 4000 soldiers lost their lives that day as the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians. 

Project chairman Anthony Rich said:

“The importance of the battle of Mortimer’s Cross, in helping secure the throne of England for the Earl of March, as King Edward 1V, is not disputed.  It was the first in a series of victories for Edward who, as a youth, lived at Wigmore castle and knew the local area well. However until we know better where and how the battle took place, Historic England will not be able to designate it. ”

The project was launched with an all day walking event on Saturday 25th April which looked at the possible Southern and Northern battlefield sites and viewed possible ambush points in the hills around. An arms and armour presentation and tour of the battle related sites of medieval Kingsland completed the programme.

With over 50 people in attendance, local interest, as well as interest from further afield, is high. The Battlefields Trust is planning another walk and is also helping to set up a Mortimer’s Cross Battlefield Society to further raise awareness and support the project.

Those who are interested in joining such an exciting project can e-mail patricia@pothecary.net or ring 01568708597 for details.


The Battle of Mortimer’s Cross – Can you help?

English Heritage is considering whether to designate the site of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross as an official Battlefield site. They are working with the Battlefield’s Trust who would like to find answers to the following questions.

  1. Who owns the land that the battlefield covers?  (if EH is going to register the battlefield it will need to undertake a public consultation, particularly with the landowners)
  2. Which local groups are interested in the battle?
  3. Who are the experts on the battle?
  4. Which documentary or other sources, other than some general ones EH has identified to the Trust, should EH consider?

Local stories or knowledge will also be particularly useful for cross referencing with other sources, no matter how limited, anecdotal or tenuous, so please send them to the coordinating contact, details below.

If the site can be designated, then it is hoped a group of interested people could be formed to raise interest and awareness of the site. If there is proven to be an interest in the battle the Battlefield’s Trust would consider leading a walk at Mortimer’s Cross next year and separately perhaps provide a presentation about the battle for those who might struggle to walk. Investigations of the landscape and perhaps even some archeological surveys may follow if the right information comes forward.

To register your interest or provide information please contact Patricia Pothecary 01568708597 or e-mail patricia@pothecary.net


There is a proposal from the Mortimer History Society to set up a new Mortimer Country History Trail and they need your help. Please see our news item for further information.