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Looking north to the battlefield on Redemore from Crown Hill at Stoke Golding
 
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Battle of Bosworth
22nd August 1485

THE BATTLEFIELDS TRUST HAS NOW COMPLETED A MAJOR STUDY OF BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD

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The battle of Bosworth, fought on the 22nd August 1485, is one of the best known and was one of the most influential of English battles. It saw perhaps the most dramatic of military reversals in English history. A rebel force defeated a royal army more than twice its size leaving Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, dead on the field and placing Henry VII on the throne as the first of a new, Tudor dynasty.
Until 2009 Bosworth was the most contentious of English battles, because at least three alternative sites had been proposed for the battlefield. We now know that the battle was fought not far from Stoke Golding, some two miles or so south-west of Ambion Hill, the ‘traditional’ location of the action. In addition to locating the battlefield, the archaeological survey has unearthed the largest group of cannonballs ever found on a medieval battlefield – no less than 22 lead shot of a variety of calibres – ranging from bullets fired from handguns to roundshot from substantial artillery pieces.

 

KEY FACTS

 

Name: Battle of Bosworth Field (Redemore Field; Dadlington Field)
Type: Battle
Campaign: Bosworth
War period: Wars of the Roses
Outcome: Rebel victory; death of Richard III; crowning of Henry VII
Country: England
County: Leicestershire
Place: Dadlington, Stoke Golding, Shenton, Sutton Cheney
Location: disputed
Terrain: Open field, meadow and lowland moor/marsh
Date: 22 August 1485
Start: morning
Duration: circa 2 hours
Armies: Royal army commanded by King Richard III;
Rebel army under Henry Tudor but effectively commanded by Earl of Oxford
Numbers: Royal 10-15,000 & rebel 5,000 + 5-8,000 initially uncommitted
Losses: Possibly 1000 royal & 100 rebel
Grid Reference: SP394986 (439487,298621)
OS Landranger map: 140
OS Explorer map: 232

 

 

   
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