Battlefields 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01568708597 for details.