1483 - Richard III stays at Leicester Castle


Richard III reigned for two years as the King of England from 1483 – 1485. Just two weeks after he was crowned King of England he stayed here at Leicester Castle on his way from London to York. He stayed again in August of the same year when returning South. 

This was the last known use of the castle as a residence and almost immediately Leicester Castle started to deteriorate. Two years later, Richard III instead stayed at the Blue Boar Inn before the Battle of Bosworth. The Battle of Bosworth was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century. 


1485 - the battle of bosworth


On 22 August 1485, the Battle of Bosworth took place in the county, a few miles from Leicester Castle. The battle was won by the Lancastrians. Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. Historians consider Bosworth Field to mark the end of the Plantagenet dynasty, making it a defining moment in English history. 

One of our most intriguing kings, Richard III has been depicted in history as an evil tyrant and a crippled hunchback. He was however also responsible for the reformation of the jury system, including the presumption of 'innocent until proven guilty’.