If we don’t take an in­ter­est in her­itage, no­body else will

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

OPIN­IONS dif­fer as to the date when the Mid­dle Ages came to an end. It used to be claimed to be the Bat­tle of Bos­worth al­though oth­ers name the Re­for­ma­tion which fol­lowed less than 40 years later. In any event, the 22nd Au­gust 1485 re­mains a most sig­nif­i­cant date, a fact that I learned at pri­mary school and then in more depth at gram­mar school.

I could not turn my back on what learned some 60 or more years ago.

I came to live in this area al­most 50 years ago and of course have been in­trigued with the Bos­worth story ever since. When we formed the new coun­cil in 1973 we re­tained the name Bos­worth for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. I was part of the county coun­cil when the vis­i­tor cen­tre was be­ing es­tab­lished and the sub­se­quent var­i­ous com­mem­o­ra­tive de­vel­op­ments in Le­ices­ter in the vicin­ity of St Mary de Cas­tro. My only re­gret is that we all ac­cepted the myths about Am­bien Hill and the dis­posal of Richard’s re­mains for granted. It has only been in the past few years that we can now be­gin to un­der­stand what re­ally hap­pened.

I sup­ported the then bat­tle­field con­ser­va­tion area pro­posal which was ini­ti­ated about 15 years ago but of course this is out of date as we now know that the main ac­tion took place to­wards the edge of the con­ser­va­tion area and not at its cen­tre. It was a great hon­our to be present when Dr Foard re­vealed the ev­i­dence of the ac­tual

Isite of the bat­tle – the col­lec­tion of can­non shot which is a more in­ten­sive ac­cu­mu­la­tion than on any other me­dieval bat­tle site in Europe.

It only dawned on ev­ery­one a few weeks ago that the Mira pro­posal would com­pro­mise the western and south­ern edges of the site where the forces of Henry and Stan­ley were drawn up. This in­for­ma­tion has only just come to light to­tally re­vers­ing pre­vi­ous as­sump­tions and I was there­fore de­lighted that the plan­ning com­mit­tee agreed al­most unan­i­mously to ask Mira to try to seek a re­align­ment of their pro­pos­als to try to pro­tect this part of the bat­tle­field.

I re­main pro­foundly dis­ap­pointed that only five of us at the sub­se­quent plan­ning com­mit­tee stuck to our guns to try to pro­tect this site. In­ves­ti­gat­ing for ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains is fine but once it is all tar­ma­cked over it will not be pos­si­ble to pic­ture the ma­noeu­ver­ing of cavalry, foot sol­diers and ar­ma­ments which took place on that fate­ful day and changed his­tory for ever.

It is far too easy for us to lose our com­mon her­itage. I take the view that it is down to all of us to re­mem­ber where we came from and how we got here. If we do not take an in­ter­est in our her­itage we can be cer­tain no-one else will. Coun­cil­lor David Bill. Lib Dems,

Hinck­ley I was very an­gry in read­ing that the plan­ning com­mit­tee had voted in favour to grant Horiba Mira per­mis­sion to de­stroy our HIS­TOR­I­CAL BAT­TLE­FIELD SITE.

I am dis­gusted with the 12 coun­cil­lors who voted in favour, but con­grat­u­late five coun­cil­lors who op­posed it.

This was a his­tor­i­cal bat­tle of Wars of the Roses in 1485 22nd of Au­gust, where King Richard III lost his life and was the end of the Plan­ta­genet reign where the Tu­dor reign of Henry 1V be­gan.

The bat­tle­field site is a reg­is­tered site that should not be de­stroyed and should be classed the same as where in the first World War 1914-1918. The bat­tle­fields in France and Bel­gium can­not be used for any pur­pose.

They have no re­spect for our English Her­itage, but just MONEY (ie GREED).

In the event of this hap­pen­ing on the 83 acre site, will the own­ers, should any hu­man re­mains be un­earthed, be re­spect­ful and give them a Chris­tian burial?

David Mayne, Burbage

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