The Monument, Battle of Mortimer’s Cross

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Status: Unknown
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Stone of remembrance
Lettering: Painted
About the memorial: This simple sandstone memorial with carved inscription commemorates the Battle of Mortimer Cross during the War of the Roses in 1461.
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This pedestal is erected to perpetuate the Memory of an obstinate, bloody, and decisive battle fought near this Spot in the civil Wars between the ambitious houses of York and Lancaster, on the 2nd Day of February 1461 between the Forces of Edward Mortimer, Earl of March, (afterwards Edward the Fourth) on the Side of York and those of Henry the Sixth on the side of Lancaster. The King's Troops were commanded by Jasper Earl of Pembroke. Edward commanded his own in Person and was victorious. The Slaughter was great on both Sides Four Thousand being left dead on the Field and many Welsh Persons of the first distinction were taken Prisoners among whom was Owen Tudor (Great Grandfather to Henry the Eighth and a Descendant of the illustrious Cadwallader) who was afterwards beheaded at Hereford. This was the decisive Battle which fixed Edward the Fourth on the Throne of England who was proclaimed King in London on Fifth of March following.


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