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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sundial
District
Hinckley And Bosworth
Town
Sutton Cheney Nr Market Bosworth
County
Leicestershire
Country
England
Commemoration
Wars of the Roses (1455-1487), 15th Century Wars (1400-1499)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
64893
Current location

Nuneaton
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park
Ambion Hill
Sutton Cheney Nr Market Bosworth
Hinckley And Bosworth
Leicestershire
CV13 0AD
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 402 006
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Sundial with a central gnomon topped with a crown. Set at ground level is an inscription which tells the story of the Battle of Bosworth derived from the chronicle of Polydore Vergil, an Italian at the court of Henry VII. The sundial marks the points of the compass and the distances to other battlefields of the Wars of the Roses. Around the outer dial are three thrones bearing the names of Richard III, Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond and Thomas, Lord Stanley. The throne to Lord Stanley is shorter than the other two thrones. Rose bushes are planted around the dial between the thrones to form an outer circle.
Inscription
Tablets set within the ground around the dial: On the 22nd of August 1485 over a thousand/ men lost their lives on Bosworth Field./ This monument commemorates them and the many/ thousands who were killed during the Wars of the Roses. Early in the morning men prepare their souls and their/ equipment for the forthcoming battle. Sounds of stone on blades and murmured Latin prayers are soon drowned/ out by the din of the drums calling the men to muster. Cannons blasting their shot snatching men from/ the ranks, storms of arrows finding their prey./ The surge of men towards their enemy,/ the ring of steel on steel and the dull thud/ of steel on bone. Spurs rake back in a desperate charge/ with victory in sight, treachery is unleashed. A King falls. Bodies strew the field, blood soaks the ground/ and screams and moans of the injured fill the air./ Away from the carnage a new King is crowned./ God is praised for the unlikely victory/ and the Tudor dynasty begins. The last of the Plantagenet Kings, slung naked/ across a horse. A victor leads his tired army to/ Leicester and a day's deeds are recounted./ The dead King's body is viewed by the masses/ before the Grey Friars put him to rest. Throne: RICHARD III Throne: HENRY TUDOR, EARL OF RICHMOND Throne: THOMAS, LORD STANLEY
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Wars of the Roses (1455-1487)
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 2
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 15th Century Wars (1400-1499)
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 2
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sundial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Architectural details
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
Condition
History
Red and white rosebushes encirle the dial. The red rose represents the House of Lancaster and the white rose represents the House of York.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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