London’s only Battlefield ~The Battle of Barnet: 14-Apr-1471

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Arguably the only historic battle site in Greater London, the Battle of Barnet was a decisive battle in the War of the Roses. It was significant because Edward IV’s victory led to 14 years of Yorkist rule in England.  It is also potentially significant as one of the earliest battles to have used artillery.  English Heritage, which is placed in charge of conservation of historic sites including battlefields, states that the battlefield is likely 0.5 to 1 mile north of the town of Barnet. However, various groups would like to raise funds to do archeaological digs as some now feel it may be further north.

English Heritage references a 15th-century letter from a merchant, Gerhard von Wessel, that aids in identifying the battlefield location via certain geological features. It mentions a “broad green” – potentially Hadley Green – and a marsh that was to the right flank of the Yorkist…

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