Battlefield named as one of England's most important historical sites

Bosworth Battlefield has been named as one of the 10 most important sites in England’s history of power, protest and progress, as part of a national campaign.

Renowned historian David Olusoga selected Bosworth Battlefield from hundreds of public nominations made in Historic England’s mission to identify the 100 most significant sites in the country, which bring to life England’s history.

Bosworth Battlefield features alongside places of great significance, including the Palace of Westminster, the site of the Peterloo Massacre, the sycamore tree which sheltered the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the site of the Battle of Cable Street in the tenth and final category of Historic England’s series ‘Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places’.

Explaining his reason for choosing Bosworth Battlefield from the hundreds of submissions, David Olusoga said: “The Battle of Bosworth was one of the most decisive moments in English and Welsh history – the end of one age, the start of another.

“The battle at Bosworth Field marked the end of the Plantagenet dynasty and the beginning of the Tudors. It was the turning point in the story of power in England.”

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts, said: “The historical importance of the Battle of Bosworth and its significance in changing the direction of power in England is one of the major themes of our award-winning exhibition at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

“We have long been aware of the place of Bosworth Battlefield in English history and are delighted that this has been recognised and highlighted in Historic England’s campaign.”

The Power, Protest and Progress category of the series aims to chronicle the history of the struggles which shaped England. It is the final piece in a 10-category campaign, each of which features 10 places of significance to other aspects of England’s history.

The ten places featured are:

Bosworth Battlefield
The Palace of Westminster
St Peter’s Square, Manchester
Bristol Bus Station
The Pitman’s Parliament, Durham
Cable Street, London
73 Riding House Street, London
Group Operation Room, Uxbridge
Tolpuddle sycamore, Dorset
Rutherford Building, Manchester

The other categories explored science & discovery; travel & tourism; homes & gardens; sport & leisure; music & literature; loss & destruction; faith & belief; industry, trade & commerce; and art, architecture & sculpture.

All 100 places chosen in the Irreplaceable campaign are explored in depth in a series of 10 podcasts - one devoted to each of the ten categories. The podcasts can be downloaded free on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Bosworth Battlefield will also be featured in an accompanying illustrated book, published in September.

The significance of the Battle of Bosworth in shaping society as we know it today will be further explored during the Bosworth Medieval Festival, taking place throughout the weekend of Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 August.

As well as the re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth on both days, there will also be twist on history. The Wars of the Roses Federation, in conjunction with Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, will explore what led to King Richard III’s defeat by presenting an alternative Battle of Bosworth, in which the Plantagenet monarch manages to win the day and successfully defend his crown.

This will be followed by an interactive 30-minute debate session on each day, in which the audience will be led in a discussion about what might be different today if Richard had been the victor.

Tickets for Bosworth Medieval Festival can be booked online at www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk or by calling 01455 290429 between 10am and 5pm. They are also available in person from Bosworth Battlefield and the 1620s House & Garden. Buy before midnight on August 17 and save 10 per cent on all ticket prices. Please note that a £2 transaction fee is applicable for telephone sales.