Battle of Sedgemoor

Battle of Sedgemoor © David Gill

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Sedgemoor in Somerset, 6 July 1685. This formed part of the unsuccessful rebellion by the Duke of Monmouth against King James II.

The battlefield site forms part of the ‘Pitchfork Rebellion Trail’ that explores the surrounding landscape.

Historic England

1066 and Battlefield

Battle Abbey © David Gill

Battle Abbey was established on the top of the hill that formed a central part of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The battlefield is now an integral part of the English Heritage site and visitors are able to walk the slopes where interpretation boards help to explain the different stages of the engagement.

Thetford Priory: Howard Tombs

IMG_1789John Howard, the First Duke of Norfolk, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 where he was commanding the part of Richard III’s army.

Thetford Priory, likely tomb of John Howard © David Gill

His tomb appears to be located in a tomb constructed on the north side of the aisle of the church at Thetford Priory, and adjacent to the north transept. The body may have been moved to St Michael’s, Framlingham.

Thetford Priory © David Gill

The tomb of Thomas Howard (1443-1524), Second Duke of Norfolk, was placed at the east end of the original church (that had been extended). He defeated the army of James IV of Scotland at Flodden in September 1513.

Thetford Priory © David Gill

Howard died at Framlingham Castle in May 1524 and his body was buried at Thetford.

Thetford Priory © David Gill


The Battle of Culloden

Culloden © David Gill

Today marks the anniversary of the battle of Culloden, near to Inverness, on 16 April 1746. The battlefield is now maintained and interpreted by the National Trust for Scotland. The Old Leanach cottage stands at the heart of the site and  has been restored.

Culloden © David Gill

A cairn marks the fallen.

Culloden © David Gill

Leading Visitor Attractions: National Trust for Scotland

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum © David Gill

The figures for the Leading Visitor Attractions in the UK are now available (ALVA). The top attraction for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum with 235K visitors (no. 116). The nearby Culzean Castle was close behind with 228K (no. 118).

These were followed by:

  • no. 156: Glencoe (133K)
  • no. 159: Culloden (117K)
  • no. 191: Inverewe Gardens (56K)
  • no. 192: Bannockburn (54K)
  • no. 199: Falkland Palace (42K)
  • no. 200: Crathes Castle (42K)
  • no. 206: Gladstones Land (28K)
  • no. 210: Hill House (25K)
  • no. 211: Drum Castle (25K)
  • no. 222: Pitmedden Garden (22K)
  • no. 225: The Royal Burgh of Culross (11K)

Inverewe Gardens © David Gill

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