There’s not much left of Sandal Castle these days, and the bits that ARE left, you can’t get near anymore. It’s only recently (I think the 1960’s) that it was excavated and the ruins returned to their present state partly because we have so much history in this country that we don’t always appreciate what’s left and things are left to rot and decay.
Anyway, it was here that the Battle Of Wakefield was fought in 1460 (and I’m going to bore you all by telling you some stuff about it because The War Of the Roses is my absolute favourite historical time period. Think Game of Thrones but with less dragons*). Richard, the (Grand Old) Duke Of York (he of the nursery rhyme), had made a bid for the throne due to dissatisfaction with the current King, Henry VI. As you might imagine, this didn’t go down well with everybody, especially Henry’s Queen, Margaret of Anjou who rallied her forces (those loyal to the House of Lancaster) and headed north to Pontefract. On December 30, the Lancastrians managed to draw Richard and his men out of Sandal Castle (for reasons unknown) and so began The Battle of Wakefield. Within the hour, it was over. York’s Army was hopelessly outnumbered and Richard was captured and killed along with his 17 year old son, Edmund Earl of Rutland. Their heads were cut off and mounted on spikes on Micklegate Bar in York to serve as a warning, which incidentally wasn’t heeded because York’s eldest son, the sexy, soon-to-be Edward IV took over where his dad left off and claimed and won the throne 3 months later. In those days, the best fighter got to be King and the 19 year old Edward was the bestest especially as Henry couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag. I think he might have had trouble getting dressed in the morning too, but we’ve all been there.
*By less dragons, I mean none and no Jon Snow either 😢
Sorry for the slightly late post, tonight we’ve been at @bristolmuseum’s M Shed to see the fantastic Bristol Music exhibition 🙌 see our story and #IGersBristolMusic tag for more!
We’re at Portishead for our photo of the day with this great composition by @benm.photo. Thank you for tagging us, Ben 👍
See you tomorrow with more beautiful Bristol 👋 @richimal_bristol 🍃
No fear here.
There was such a buzz in the city centre of Manchester today. (No pun intended). To see all the love and unity 1 year on is truly phenomenal. Stay strong Manchester ♥️