Online talk: Battle of Tewkesbury anniversary

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Date(s) - 5th Jul 2021


The year 2021 is an exceptional year for Tewkesbury as it marks the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey together with the 550th of the Battle of Tewkesbury, the most decisive of the Wars of the Roses.

A long-term Tewkesbury resident, Steve Goodchild was involved in the first, 1984, re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury, being beheaded at the end, and has been present at every one since. In 1997, he was one of the founders of Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, which complemented the Medieval Festival by promoting better understanding of the historical context and the people involved.  Having a wider interest in both European and local history, rather than a narrow interest in conflicts, together with an insatiable curiosity, has led him to look for root causes rather than those conventionally quoted. He is the author of ‘Tewkesbury: Eclipse of the House of Lancaster, 1471’

The Battle of Tewkesbury was the final act in a long civil war which rose initially through frustration in the incompetence of the ruling party, but extended to include jealousy, struggles for power and influence and was finally embroiled in French politics.

The talk will overview the events which led two armies to battle in Tewkesbury and to an uncompromising outcome. In doing so it will consider the political structure which led both gentry and commoners of England left the security of their homes to risk their lives for a cause which must have been very obscure to them.

Venue: online     Time: 10:30am


When booking please include your email address to ensure you receive a Zoom invitation.

If you have any questions please phone Alison on 01242 519413.

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card, or Paypal account, can be made using the form below. Alternatively you may reserve your place, select the ‘off-line’ payment option and pay by bank transfer or cheque.
  • Bank transfer – please email and wait for confirmation that places are available before arranging your bank transfer.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here or available in the Friends’ newsletter) and post it with your cheque.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Bank transfers should be made to Friends of The Wilson (or as much of that as the bank will accept) Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH Tewks.

Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Mrs Alison Pascoe, 77 Naunton Lane, Cheltenham, GL53 7AZ. Please include your email address to ensure you receive a Zoom invitation.

THE LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT WILL BE SENT OUT ON THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. If you don’t receive the email, then please check your spam folder, or phone Alison on 01242 519413.

Bookings open 7th May.


Bookings are now closed for this event.