On Saturday 4th May 1471 the “Wars of the Roses” came to a head at Tewkesbury. The Yorkist army commanded by Edward IV, and his brother, the future Richard III, chased down and defeated the Lancastrian army of Queen Margaret and her son Edward, Prince of Wales. The outcome crushed the hope that the heir to the House of Lancaster would again take the throne of England.
Here you will find a wealth of information about the Battle of Tewkesbury, the battlefield today and the activities of the Society. The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society was formed to challenge the proposed development on remaining areas of the original battle site. An area known as the Gastons and two enclosures of the old Gaston field. We were successful and these areas are now safe from future development. We became a registered charity in 2004.
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The Kynge apparailed hymselfe, and all his hooste set in good array; ordeined three wards; displayed his bannars; dyd blowe up the trompets; commytted his caws and qwarell to Almyghty God, to owr most blessyd lady his mothar, Vyrgyn Mary, the glorious martyr Seint George, and all the saynts; and advaunced, directly upon his enemyes; approchinge to theyr filde, which was strongly in a marvaylows storng grownd pyght, full difficult to be assayled.
Quote from “The Arrivall”. Painting of the Battle of Tewkesbury by Graham Turner
Working with the owners of the many sites associated with the Battle of Tewkesbury, the Society aims to raise public awareness of the events of the battle, and to promote the sites as an integrated educational resource. We aim to encourage tourism and leisure activity by advertising, interpretation and presentation in connection with the sites. We aim also to collate research into the Battle, and to encourage further research, making the results available to the public through a variety of media.
- To promote the permanent preservation of the battlefield and other sites associated with the Battle of Tewkesbury, 1471, as sites of historic interest, to the benefit of the public generally.
- To promote the educational possibilities of the battlefield and associated sites, particularly in relation to medieval history.
- To promote, for public benefit, research into matters associated with the sites, and to publish the useful results of such research.
- To promote greater public awareness of the battle and associated sites through local and nationwide events.