Fotheringhay Castle’s role in reburial of Richard III

Fotheringhay village, Northamptonshire, birthplace of Richard III in 1452 ENGEMN00120130402163830
Fotheringhay village, Northamptonshire, birthplace of Richard III in 1452 ENGEMN00120130402163830
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Soil from Fotheringhay castle near Peterborough will be used at the reburial of Richard III this week.

John Gould, owner of the castle site where the medieval king was born, was asked to provide a sample of soil from the historic location for Thursday’s service.

The village played an instrumental role in the history of the Plantagenets and King Richard III, so we are delighted that it is being recognised in the events in Leicester for Richard III’s reinterment.”

Ros Clayton

Yesterday the soil, alongside samples taken from other sites significant to Richard III’s life, was blessed in a private ceremony. The three samples of soil were be blessed by the Bishop of Leicester and placed in a wooden casket. This will then be displayed at the Battle of Bosworth Field Centre in Leicestershire. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will also sprinkle a portion of the sample into Richard III’s coffin in the reinterment service to be held in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 26 March.

To mark the part Fotheringhay played in the life of Richard III, the church of St Mary and All Saints, Fotheringhay will host a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Richard III and his family, who are buried in the grounds. The event has been organised by members of the Richard III society and will take place on Wednesday, March 25.

Ros Clayton, Chairman of Fotheringhay Village said: “Fotheringhay is a unique village brimming with rich history. The village played an instrumental role in the history of the Plantagenets and King Richard III, so we are delighted that it is being recognised in the events in Leicester for Richard III’s reinterment.”

John Gould, owner of the Fotheringhay Castle site said: “It was a unique and very interesting request to be asked to provide a sample of soil from the castle site for the King Richard III reinterment events in Leicester. I have lived in the village all my life and four generations of my family have farmed here. We have all grown up with Fotheringhay’s history and often take it for granted. We are delighted to have been involved.”

The ceremony will begin at 11.30am, followed by a tour of the church and a talk given by Susan Troxell, Richard III Society USA Librarian, and will conclude at 2.30pm.