On the 540th anniversary of the battle of Barnet, Julian Humphrys, development officer of the Battlefields Trust and a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine, paid a visit to the historic town of Barnet to find out what the locals knew of the battle, its history and the people involved, with mixed success...
Four years of intensive historical, topographical and archaeological research have finally borne fruit as a team led by Glenn Foard of the Battlefields Trust and funded by Leicestershire County Council and the HLF has solved one of the great mysteries of English military history and succeeded in locating the site of the battle of
I think it’s fair to say that, with the probable exceptions of Hastings and Culloden, Bosworth is the best-known battle to have taken place on British soil. While it wasn’t actually the last battle of the Wars of the Roses – that took place two years later near Newark – its effects were significant and long lasting. For Bosworth saw the defeat by a rebel army of a royal force nearly twice its size, leaving Richard III dead on the field and establishing Henry Tudor as king and founder of a new dynasty.