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Memorial details

Memorial type
Other structure
District
Leicester
Town
Ambion Wood
County
Leicestershire
Country
England
Commemoration
Wars of the Roses (1455-1487), 15th Century Wars (1400-1499)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1813
    Attended by:
  • Rededicated
    Date: 1964
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
58477
Current location

Ambion Wood
Ambion Wood
Leicester
Leicestershire
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 390 000
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Plaque, beside well: Stone Pyramid. "Richard's Well" was fed by a spring that led into it and is marked by a stone pyramid. According to legend, Richard III drank from one of the several springs in the region on the day of the Battle of Bosworth. Most of the marsh area of 1485 is now covered by Ambion Wood. The Battle of Bosworth Field took place on 22 August 1485. Richard III was killed in the battle. Tablet, mounted within well: AQVA EX HOC PVTEO HAVSTA/ SITIM (...)/ RICARDVS TERTIVS REX ANGLIAE/ CVM HENRICO COMITE DE RICHMOND/ ACERRIME ATOE INFENSISSIME PRAELIA/ ET VITA PARITER AC SCEPTRO/ ANTE NOCTEM CARITVRVS/ a.d. XI KAL. SEPT. A.D. MCCCCLXXXV/ HAEC TEMPORE DIRVTA PEFECERVNT POSTERI/ A.D. MDCCCCLXIV
Inscription
Plaque, beside well: NEAR THIS SPOT, ON AUGUST 22ND 1485,/ AT THE AGE OF 32, KING RICHARD III/ FELL FIGHTING GALLANTLY IN DEFENCE/ OF HIS REALM & HIS CROWN AGAINST/ THE USURPER HENRY TUDOR./ THE CAIRN WAS ERECTED BY DR./ SAMUEL PARR IN 1813 TO MARK THE/ WELL FROM WHICH THE KING IS SAID/ TO HAVE DRUNK DURING THE BATTLE./ IT IS MAINTAINED BY THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHITE BOAR Tablet mounted inside well: AQVA EX HOC TVTEO HAVSTA/ SITIM SITAVIT/ RICARDVS TERTIVS REX ANGLIAE/ CVM HERICO COMITE DE RICHMONDIA/ ACERRIME ATQE INFENSISSIME PRAELIANS/ ET VITA PARITER AC SCEPTRO/ ANTE NOCTEM CARITVRVS/ a.d. XI KAI. SEPT. A.D. MCCCCLXXXV/ HAEC TEMPORE DIRVTA REFECERVNT POSTERI/ A.D. MDCCCCLXIV
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Wars of the Roses (1455-1487)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank,year died,place of death,forename,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 15th Century Wars (1400-1499)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank,year died,place of death,forename,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Well
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
History
1964: Refurbished by the Fellowship of the White Boar.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Reference
  • THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BATTLEFIELDS OF BRITAIN by SMURTHWAITE, D Pages 117 and 118/ 1993 Source: Image Library

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