Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Retracing the foot steps of King Richard III.

Yesterday was a lovely day but I still had a niggling drip on the calorifier which needed to be cured so we spent the day working. The drip was still there this morning but we won’t let it beat us. Hopefully we will now have it under control.

Today the weather was cold and misty and the sun never did manage to break through but we decided to walk up to the Shenton station on the Battlefield line and then onto the Bosworth Battlefield heritage centre. By the time we reached the centre we were chilled to the bone so it was into the Tithe barn Restaurant for some warm sustenance.

Wall tapestry in the Tithe Barn restaurant, Bosworth Battlefield, final battle place of the War of the Roses.

15th century candelabrum hanging in the Tithe Barn Bosworth Battlefield.

This time we explored the centre more thoroughly and found the beginnings of the 14th century village that is being built behind the centre. This has been named Parva Ambion which is believed to be the Roman name for the site as it is on Ambion Hill.

Replica 15th century cottage Parva Ambion,Olde English village name dating back to Roman times.

One recent addition is a 14th century stone coffin which spent a couple of centuries in Leicester as a horse trough. It was taken to a private garden in the early 1900's and the current owners have donated it to the centre. It was thought at one point to be the coffin of King Richard III which was paid for by King Henry VII but was found not to be correct as it should have had the shape of a head inside and this one doesn’t. However it may still be historic in that it could be Roman or at least Medieval.

This may have been a 15th century coffin but used around Leicester as a horse trough for centuries. King Richard III was buried in one of these.

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