King Richard III’s last journey

Posted by pt91 at Oct 14, 2014 09:41 AM |
Remains will be taken from University of Leicester, via Bosworth, to Leicester Cathedral
King Richard III’s last journey

The rose-laying ceremony at the Battlefield Heritage Centre on August 22nd 2014, commemorating the Battle of Bosworth.

The route for the cortege which will transport the mortal remains of King Richard III from the University of Leicester, via Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre to Leicester Cathedral next March, has been announced.

The remains of the King have been held securely at the University of Leicester, following their discovery under a car park in Leicester in August 2012.

On Sunday 22nd March 2015, a hearse will leave the University of Leicester during the late morning and travel to Fenn Lane Farm, reputedly the site of King Richard’s death, before moving on to nearby village parish churches of Dadlington and Sutton Cheney.

The cortege will visit Dadlington as some of the battle-dead are buried in the churchyard of St James’ the Greater. Sutton Cheney has been chosen because it is believed that King Richard took his final Mass at St James’ church on the eve of the battle.

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, will then lead a short ceremony at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in the early afternoon. The cortege will then go on to Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon and Desford as it makes its way back to Leicester.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.