Recreating the Battle of Stoke Field
Visitors had a rare opportunity to see where a victorious Henry VII raised the Royal standard when a Nottinghamshire stately home opened up its grounds for an event to mark the 530th anniversary of one of England’s bloodiest battles.
Stoke Hall, in East Stoke, held the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the Battle of Stoke Field, a bitterly fought conflict in 1487 which is regarded by historians as the last act in the War of the Roses.
Much of the battlefield is now on private land and usually out of bounds, but the hall’s owners, Bryan and Diane Ansell, who also operate the Foundry military model-making company, sought permission from landowners to allow members of the public access.
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