Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Battle of Stoke: The Battlefield Site

A Walk around the Battlefield

Standing with your back to the bell tower of St Oswald’s Church in East Stoke, and looking across the site that was once a medieval village, you can see England's third longest river, the Trent. The River Trent and the Fosse Way play an important part in the story of Stoke Field, both run parallel to one another and between the two, and a just over a mile in length, are the fields on which the last battle of the Wars of the Roses were fought. ​​

The Trent winds its way north east from its source in Staffordshire until it meets the River Ouse to form the Humber Estuary, and as it does, it passes through the county of Nottinghamshire. After flowing under Trent Bridge in Nottingham it makes its way towards Newark. At one point it runs in an almost north to south direction passing the village of Fiskerton on its west bank, after another a mile of meandering it gradually turns eastwards, this curve forms a flood plain which it encompasses on three sides before turning north once more. It is at this point the Trent is only a quarter of a mile from the village of East Stoke. This village, often referred to as Stoke, has now been returned to the pleasant village it once was, no longer are its residents troubled by volumes of traffic trundling through the village centre, tooting their horns impatiently at the cross roads traffic lights, for the traffic that traveled along the Fosse Way, now pass at a pleasing distance along the new A46.

The tiny village is dominated by Stoke Hall, a red bricked Georgian mansion once the home Sir Robert Howe Bromley, admiral and politician. Adjacent to the hall is the aforementioned St Oswald’s Church, in whose hallowed grounds lie the bodies of the slain of the Battle of Stoke.

The story of the Battle of Stoke and more images of a forgotten battlefield continues on my website at  

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