i find it very sad that a distinguished Member of Parliament and a member of the Treasury Select Committee should attempt to make a bandwagon out of a Royal Hearse, then to make a misjudgment based on inadequate research.
Firstly may I state that there was no Battle of Worksop. Contemporary records refer to an ‘encounter’ and a ‘skirmish’ when the Yorkist vanguard met up with a Lancastrian patrol in the days before The Battle of Wakefield. The description as a battle seems to arise from a hyperbolic description by a member of a local history society a few years ago. The clash took place in December 1460 when Richard of Gloucester, the future King Richard III was eight years old and so it was plainly not possible for him to have ‘fought the battle of Worksop’ as stated by the MP in your last edition.
I know of no recorded Richardian connection with Worksop Priory to justify the burial of Richard III there. The record of management of heritage buildings at Worksop Priory would not commend its further use for the burial of a monarch. The recorded places with Richardian connections in Bassetlaw are Blyth and Tuxford and out of the two, in the unlikely event of the burial site being in Bassetlaw, then the surviving medieval assets at Blyth would suggest that here would be the most appropriate setting for the burial.
In answer to Mr Grundi’s question it appears unlikely that Richard killed the princes in the tower. His claim to the throne depended on their, already declared illegitimacy for the claim of Henry Tudor, Henry VII, to succeed to the throne then the boys had to be dead. Cui bono? (Who stood to gain?)
Badgers’ Chase, Retford