On Palm Sunday, 1461, the largest and bloodiest battle in English history took place. On land adjoining the York to London road, two great armies met, near Towton. Often overshadowed by later events at Bosworth, this battle was fought in atrocious conditions. It marked the end of Henry VI’s first reign, ushering in a period of Yorkist dominance.
Towton will be the focus of many posts here. Some on the battle itself, more on the context, the build up and the consequences.
The battle saw many thousands of local men on the battlefield. Towton and much of the surrounding area was loyal to the House of Lancaster. How did defeat affect these Lancastrian lands?