Let Battle Re Commence (Shropshire)
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The above co-ordinates are for parking and the board for the first stage only. The total walk is about 1.75 miles. The cache is an ammo box. Note this is a POPULAR area for dog walkers please exercise caution around the cache.
Alternative parking can be found at N52.45.061 W002.43.395.
allthough this is well away from the first two notice boards.
The Battle of Shrewsbury, which took place just outside the town, interrupted an otherwise peaceful era in Shrewsbury’s History.
King Henry the Fourth led the Lancastrian army.
The Royal army that King Henry brought to the Battle of Shrewsbury was large and well equipped. He had a clear advantage over his enemy.
The rebel army led by Sir Henry Percy (also known as Hotspur) marched south from the Scottish border and hoped to join forces with a group of rebel Welshmen led by Owain Glyndwr.
Shrewsbury was the main town on the route taken by Percy's army and was in a good strategic position.
The traditional account of the battle suggests that the rebel troops under the leadership of Henry Percy were stationed somewhere on the ridge.
The Royal troops under King Henry the Fourth are thought to have approached the rebels across the lower ground Just two hours before sunset the king sent two vanguards into battle and a massive archery duel ensued.
On higher ground and with more battle experience Percy’s rebel archers got the upper hand in this battle. The king's forces were falling like flies!
When all arrows were finally exhausted the troops moved to hand combat using lances, spears, swords and daggers. Many casualties were taken on both sides until finally Percy led a rash charge upon the king and was killed.
At the same time troops led by the young Prince of Wales moved unseen around the edge of the rebel army and launched a counter attack. The rebel army fled and many were hunted down and killed as they tried to make their retreat.
The Battle lasted only 3 hours, but during that time, 3,000 men were wounded and by some estimates, 7,000 men died.
The 'winner' of this battle was King Henry IV, Harry Hotspur died on the battlefield.
His body was cut up and sent all around the kingdom, to show people they should not rebel against the king.
Battlefield Church is the most obvious reminder of the Battle of Shrewsbury.
The Church was built on the site of the Battle, as a way of remembering the thousands who died there. The dead were buried in a large pit, on which the church was built.
Today the church is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust and, although no longer used for worship, remains a consecrated building.
The cache is hidden at:-
To complete the cache you need to park at the co ordinates given above.
In the car park is an information board which details the location of three other information boards around the site
Please note;- there is no cache near the notice board in the car park
Underneath the other three notice boards or nearby are magnetic strips with the following information on them.
West co ordinates
Two numbers to add or subtract from the North and West Co ordinates
Many thanks go to the local council and the site wardens for their help in placing this cache.
There are no strips under the noticeboard in the car park
The magnetic strips are on or under the notice boards or nearby
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum