Thursday, 24 October 2013

Golf Clubs or Broadswords?

Battle of Barnet
Medieval history isn't my main era of interest, so it took the TV series The White Queen to explain the Battle of Barnet and its impact on the Wars of the Roses in England.  Fought on April 14th 1471, this was where Edward IV is said to have led his Yorkist forces against the Lancastrian armies which were loyal to Henry VI.This and the Battle of Tewkesbury secured the throne for Edward IV.

Recently it came to my attention again, because apparently a golf club has decided to use the original battlefield as a land fill site.

What with a king found buried in a Leicester car park, this seemed a little unkind at first, though reading on I find that this is in order to create more greens for the club, so maybe that isn't quite as disrespectful as it may seem. However, a row of oak, ash, hawthorn and hornbeam trees where a hedge was purportedly used as cover by the Lancastrians may be destroyed by the changes.

Many of England's battle sites aren't being honoured in any way, and attention only focusses on them with something like the above happens. Sedgemoor for instance, the site of the Duke of
Monmouth's defeat at the hands of James II - specifically John Churchill, is also marked by a small engraved stone but nothing else. In fact it's easily missed.
Death of 'The Kingmaker'

In fact Researchers have just sought permission for a dig to determine the exact location of the fighting. I have no idea why they waited this long to look, but they apparently believe there are
some important artifacts buried at the site. Although there is an obelisk marking where ‘Kingmaker’ Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick was slain.

I don't in any way advocate that the countryside should be made into one giant museum, because there is history everywhere, but some sort of acknowledgement could be made without spoiling it for the golfers.

Source Daily Mail

1 comment:

Petrea Burchard said...

I know you're right. England can't keep all its historical sites as they once were; it would be impossible. Still, it would be useful to weigh potential tourist money against golf fees. Golf is not worth a cent to me. England's history is what draws me, and I think I'm in the majority there.