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Dacre's Cross [Jan. 25th, 2012|02:45 pm]
Tony Grist

This cross, erected in 1928, is a monument to the dead of the Battle of Towton. The cross head is medieval and may come from the chapel that Richard III erected as an earlier memorial.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-01-25 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully atmospheric. I was there in late morning on a fairly blue sky day so my own photograph was fairly pedestrian.

EDIT: I did a small page of Towton images back when everyone was on dial-up (so they're small) -- there are some shots of the Cock Beck in flood that tell the story of what Towton was probably like.

http://www.r3.org/archives/ricardian_britain/towton/index.html

Edited at 2012-01-25 02:46 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-25 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Those pictures are great.

I wish I'd had more time. It was late afternoon. The light was failing and Ailz asked me where I wanted to go- and I said "Towton". She stayed in the car while I strode off into the mud.

If you want to appropriate this image for your site, please feel free.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2012-01-25 03:14 pm (UTC)
That's lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-01-25 03:27 pm (UTC)
The light gives it a lovely mysterious look. I'll have to look up some history it seems.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-25 04:54 pm (UTC)
The failing light turned out to be an asset.

I find the Wars of the Roses pretty confusing. One medieval dynasty is very much like another.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-01-26 11:10 am (UTC)
Like watching a bullfight, isn't it? Difficult to know which side to root for.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-26 10:33 pm (UTC)
Exactly. York and Lancaster were like street gangs- equally unlovely- though I admit to a certain tenderness for that much maligned man, Richard III.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-01-27 11:11 am (UTC)
Why Richard? Because he may have been falsely accused?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-01-27 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. The Tudor's monstered him. The evidence suggests that- as medieval warlords go- he was a fairly decent bloke.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-01-28 11:59 am (UTC)
Indeed.
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