History is never definitive - there is always something new to be learned


 The official search to authenticate the actual site of The Battle of Mortimers Cross 


MortimersCross1461 was a Lottery Funded battlefield archaeology and community project to investigate and locate the authentic site of The Battle of Mortimers Cross, a critical event that was to be a turning point in The Wars of the Roses.

The Project was initiated by members of the local community and The Battlefields Trust. It was funded by supporters and with the aid of an 'Our Heritage' grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It was delivered in partnership with The Battlefield Trust and The University of Huddersfield, with volunteers from the local area and from across the UK. The Project funding ended on July 31st 2022 ... but the search will continue.

Mortimers Cross 1461 Battlefield Project
Summary and Conclusions

     Throughout The Project has endeavoured to:

  • Raise awareness of the wider historical importance of the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross during the Wars of the Roses and highlight its great significance in bringing Edward IV to the throne.

  • Promote battlefield visits and enhance the experience of visitors by producing high-quality interpretation and visitor information for use on-site and online, using local support.

  • Meet the demand for an improved understanding of the battle, battlefield and historic landscape amongst the local and wider community, through locally run public events, exhibitions and school activities.

  • Engage volunteers from local communities in an investigation of the battlefield and historic landscape, local folklore and place names and reported finds, to more accurately identify the site and improve understanding of that landscape.

  • Provide information on the battlefield’s extent and character, enabling more effective conservation management and further supporting the case for its addition to the Battlefields Register.

  • Provide training for volunteers from the local and national community to fill an important gap in knowledge and skills in better managing this and future battlefield investigations. Specifically by developing skills in the battlefield and wider historic landscape interpretation, conservation, project design and management.