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Monument to Battle of Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Monument to Battle of Wakefield, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Photograph taken 05 April 2001 © Mr John Turner. Source Historic England Archive ref: 444630

A monument to the Battle of Wakefield built in 1897. The inscription reads 'Richard Plantagenet fell here December 30 1460'. The Battle of Wakefield was one of the many battles of the War of the Roses, it was here that Richard Duke of York, leader of the 'Yorkists' was killed. The nursery rhyme 'The Grand old Duke of York' has its origins in this battle. The Wars of the Roses were fought between 1455 and 1487. Members of the families of York and Lancaster fought for the throne of England.