Monday, 7 July 2014 by Johnny Wilson
I'd been before back in school and hadn't seen what it was like post-2010 when archeology and historical investigation suggested the battle had been fought further southwest than where the "battlefield" site was currently situated. Since then the battlefield has been renamed "Bosworth Country Park and Battlefield memorial site." It's definitely changed some since the last time I was there from memory but still a great place to go to learn about the events of 22nd August 1485!
Of course I took some photos...
At the peak of Albion Hill there is now a Sundial monument with a crown on a halbard which, according to legend, is how the crown was fished out of a hawthorn bush before it was placed on Henry's head. There are also three 'thrones' to commemorate the three main generals during the battle: Richard, Henry and Stanley.
They also offer guided walks around the park talking you through the events of the day and providing historical background, which admittedly we didn't take advantage of, but we did be sure to check out what each and every little guidepost had to tell us along the way.
Also at the very farest point of the battlefield is a field where we found some sheep, close to Shenton station.
After we had grabbed something to eat and toured the gift shop, chilled out on the benches...
...and had an ice cream, using the information we had learned from the Memorial Centre, a photograph I took on my phone of the new proposed battle site and with a bit of help from Google maps, we took a short drive and photographed the field where it is believed King Richard III was killed. It's a field just off Fenn Lanes near it's junction with Mill Lane and Foxcovert Lane near Shenton and Dadlington.