Mortimer’s Cross Battlefield Walk is a celebration of this historic battle
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 engagement 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 6 May 2017 to help search for these answers.
9.30 to 10.00: Mortimer’s Cross Inn: Registration, division into the 3 walking groups & coffee.
10.00 to 10.10: Introduction: We set the scene for the day and give the historical context of the battle.
10.10 to 10.30: Walking commences as the 3 groups set off at ten minute intervals.
10.10 to 12.10: The 3 Guided Battlefield Walks make their way from Mortimer’s Cross to Kingsland, exploring the possible Northern & Southern Battlefield Sites & the associated evidence to date.
12.15 to 13.15: Buffet Lunch at the Corners Inn at the centre of Kingsland
Please note: (Lunch is included: but all drinks are extras which need to be purchased by yourselves)
13.30 to 14.45: Presentation on Arms & Armour
All participants can attend a talk in the Village Hall by museum curator and military expert Adrian Durkin who will teach us all about armour, weapons and equipment in the Wars of the Roses.
14.50 to 15.45: A walk of battle related medieval Kingsland, including the church with Patricia Pothecary.
15.20 to 16.30: Walk via the Battle Monument back to the Mortimer’s Cross Inn for the conclusion
We walk back along Hereford Lane the Roman road North at the time of the battle to our start point for tea and cakes and the conclusion of the day; time for 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) & to fund further research.
- Participation at own risk
- Accompanied children are welcome as are well controlled dogs but they may have to remain outside Inns.
- Walks suitable for anyone able to undertake a 7 mile cross-country walk at a gentle pace over the day using paths, tracks & minor roads. Mud & stiles may be encountered en-route so suitable footwear is essential.
- Organisers reserve right to amend or cancel all, or part of the programme, without prior notice.
- Lifts between Kingsland & Mortimer’s Cross will be available for those unable to walk the full distance.
Places are limited so pre-booking is essential & for updates/changes.
To Book & For Further Details Contact:
Martin Hackett on firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07583 891943
www.battlefieldstrust.com The Battlefields Trust (Registered Charity 1017387)