Bosworth and its Battle

Kirby Muxloe

ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Castle viewed over the moat [Ask for #270.035.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Castle viewed over the moat [Ask for #270.035.]


William Hastings started building this castle in 1480, only to be executed by Richard III in 1483. The castle was never finished.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Moat and bridge, in front of gatehouse [Ask for #270.028.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Moat and bridge, in front of gatehouse [Ask for #270.028.]


Richard's execution of Hastings touched off the series of events that led to Richard's own death at the Battle of Bosworth Field two years later — only a dozen miles down the road.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View over the moat towards the gatehouse [Ask for #270.030.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View over the moat towards the gatehouse [Ask for #270.030.]


Hastings didn't mean this to be a military stronghold. The moat, walls, and crennelations were not only fashionable, they were displays of power, as they required a permit from the king.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View over the moat towards the gatehouse [Ask for #270.031.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View over the moat towards the gatehouse [Ask for #270.031.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Fishermen enjoy the moat with ducks and geese [Ask for #270.029.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Fishermen enjoy the moat with ducks and geese [Ask for #270.029.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Geese in the moat [Ask for #270.032.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Geese in the moat [Ask for #270.032.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Castle viewed over the moat [Ask for #270.036.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Castle viewed over the moat [Ask for #270.036.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Spiral staircase inside its ruinous keep; close-up of broken steps coverred in moss [Ask for #270.024.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), Spiral staircase inside its ruinous keep; close-up of broken steps coverred in moss [Ask for #270.024.]


Brick had only recently been invented, and was a very exotic and expensive material.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View towards the ruins of its gatehouse [Ask for #270.025.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View towards the ruins of its gatehouse [Ask for #270.025.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View towards the ruins of its gatehouse [Ask for #270.027.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Leicester Area, Leicester City, Kirby Muxloe Castle (EH), View towards the ruins of its gatehouse [Ask for #270.027.]

Donnington le Heath

ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Front garden and entrance to 13th c. manor [Ask for #270.047.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Front garden and entrance to 13th c. manor [Ask for #270.047.]


Built around 1280, this is the oldest surviving manor house in England. It was over a hundred years old when Bosworth Field was fought just ten miles away.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Front garden and entrance to 13th c. manor [Ask for #270.045.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Front garden and entrance to 13th c. manor [Ask for #270.045.]


This is the type of place that a knight who fought at Bosworth would live.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter at kitchen table [Ask for #270.049.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter at kitchen table [Ask for #270.049.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; kitchen table [Ask for #270.048.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; kitchen table [Ask for #270.048.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter with school children, in hall [Ask for #270.050.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter with school children, in hall [Ask for #270.050.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter with school children, in hall [Ask for #270.051.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter with school children, in hall [Ask for #270.051.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter with school children, in hall [Ask for #270.054.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; costumed interpreter with school children, in hall [Ask for #270.054.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; hall viewed through medieval arched door [Ask for #270.055.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; hall viewed through medieval arched door [Ask for #270.055.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; medieval arched wood doorway [Ask for #270.053.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; medieval arched wood doorway [Ask for #270.053.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; spinning wheel by stone arched window [Ask for #270.052.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; spinning wheel by stone arched window [Ask for #270.052.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; bedroom. Local tradition holds that King Richard III slept in this bed the night before his death. [Ask for #270.056.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Furnished interior of 13th c. manor house; bedroom. Local tradition holds that King Richard III slept in this bed the night before his death. [Ask for #270.056.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Side view of 13th c. manor house; bluebells [Ask for #270.061.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Side view of 13th c. manor house; bluebells [Ask for #270.061.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Front view of 13th c. manor house [Ask for #270.059.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Donnington le Heath Manor House, Front view of 13th c. manor house [Ask for #270.059.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Snibston Country Park, Snibston Grange Nature Reserve, formerly a coal mine waste site, now restored as ponds; fishermen. [Ask for #270.044.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Northwest Leicestershire, Coalville, Snibston Country Park, Snibston Grange Nature Reserve, formerly a coal mine waste site, now restored as ponds; fishermen. [Ask for #270.044.]


This popular nature park is just a mile away from Donnington le Heath.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Center

ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Monument to Richard III [Ask for #270.063.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Monument to Richard III [Ask for #270.063.]


This commemorative museum sits on a hilltop three miles from the actual battle site.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Richard III's coat of arms on the side of a museum building [Ask for #270.064.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Richard III's coat of arms on the side of a museum building [Ask for #270.064.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, An exhibit, in front of a wide view of the battlefield, shows how the view appeared as the battle raged [Ask for #270.254.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, An exhibit, in front of a wide view of the battlefield, shows how the view appeared as the battle raged [Ask for #270.254.]


Until 2010 this was thought to be where the battle occurred. Now this exhibit shows what the battle would have looked like from this viewpoint.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, A path through the forest in the battlefield park. [Ask for #270.251.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, A path through the forest in the battlefield park. [Ask for #270.251.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Bluebells along a path through the forest in the battlefield park. [Ask for #270.252.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Bluebells along a path through the forest in the battlefield park. [Ask for #270.252.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, An historic farmsted in the village houses a farm store, near Bosworth Field [Ask for #270.256.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, An historic farmsted in the village houses a farm store, near Bosworth Field [Ask for #270.256.]


The village of Shenton is just outside the battlefield park.

Fenn Lane: The Actual Battle Site

ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A stile and footpath from Fenn Lane, a Roman road, leads through rape seed fields in bloom at the exact site of Bosworth Fields [Ask for #270.260.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A stile and footpath from Fenn Lane, a Roman road, leads through rape seed fields in bloom at the exact site of Bosworth Field. [Ask for #270.260.]


The battle took place here on Fenn Lane, a Roman road. A footpath leads to the mire (fen) where Richard fell.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A footpath leads through rape seed fields in bloom at the exact site of Bosworth Fields [Ask for #270.261.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A footpath leads through rape seed fields in bloom at the exact site of Bosworth Field. [Ask for #270.261.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A foot bridge crosses a stream at the spot where Richard III and his troops were enmired and killed at the Battle of Bosworth Fields [Ask for #270.262.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A foot bridge crosses a stream at the spot where Richard III and his troops were enmired and killed. [Ask for #270.262.]


The mire has since been drained and the stream that fed it ditched. This footbridge crosses it at the spot where Richard fell.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A foot bridge crosses a stream at the spot where Richard III and his troops were enmired and killed at the Battle of Bosworth Fields [Ask for #270.263.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, A foot bridge crosses a stream at the spot where Richard III and his troops were enmired and killed. [Ask for #270.263.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, Fenn Lane, a Roman road, at the exact site of the Bosworth Fields battle [Ask for #270.258.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, Fenn Lane, a Roman road, at the exact site of the battle [Ask for #270.258.]


The contending armies were each following this Roman road, and likely met here by accident.
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, Fenn Lane, a Roman road, at the exact spot of the Battle of Bosworth Fields [Ask for #270.264.]
ENG: East Midlands Region, Leicestershire, Western Leicestershire, Shenton, Fenn Lane, Bothworth Field battle site, Fenn Lane, a Roman road, at the exact spot of the Battle of Bosworth Field [Ask for #270.264.]
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