Located just to the north of Shrewsbury is Battlefield, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury. Fought on 21st July 1403 between the Percy family of Northumbria and the Lancastrian King Henry IV, influenced the course of English and French history and lay the foundations of the War of the Roses, which dominated the later 15th century.
The story of the Battle of Shrewsbury is told at Battlefield 1403. But you won't find a dry history lesson here. Visit the Battlefield 1403 Exhibition and you'll discover just how and why it came to be that the King of England fought and won of medieval history's bloodiest battles, right here in Shrewsbury. For younger visitors the story is narrated by Archie Sparrow, who has plenty of facts, figures and gory details to tell! As well as artefacts from the battlefield and period weaponry, there is also a lifesize model of a fully armoured knight and a longbow archer on display. Entry to the Battlefield 1403 Exhibition is free of charge.
No visit to Battlefield 1403 would be complete without enjoying a delicious homemade lunch or afternoon tea at Sparrows Cafe, where you can enjoy firm favourites throughout the year, such as Battlefield Beef and Shropshire Ale Pie, as well as seasonal specialities and a range of soupes, cakes and traybakes. Attached to the cafe is the Battlefield 1403 farm shop, butchery and deli. The shop stocks a range of locally sourced produce, whilst the deli sells a variety of cheeses and charcuterie, both locally produced and those with great taste from further afield. The butchery provides the meat for the menu at Sparrow's Cafe and sells cuts of beef and lamb from animals which are reared on the farm at Battlefield 1403.
A short walk from Battlefield 1403 will take you to St Mary Magdelene Church, located on the site of the fiercest fighting. Now looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust, it provides an opportunity for quiet reflection. A key to the Church is available on request from the Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop.
There is also the opportunity to walk around the boundary of the 100 hectare battlefield site, as well as a shorter, level access route.
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