It is increasingly important that the known places of battle in our islands should be protected and honoured.

There men pitted themselves against the ultimate, not only against the enemy, but also against the final enemy, death.

There the greatest courage was shown, and the greatest fear.

There the greatest deeds were performed, the greatest loyalties shown.

There the most horrible was inflicted and suffered, and the greatest treacheries performed and undergone.

There pain and triumph, glory and defeat coloured the banners that blew above the fighting men.

These places are in a manner sacred. They should not be built over, or quarried, or turned into amusement parks.

Of all the fields of conflict that I have studied in Great Britain, Towton is to me the most significant, most awesome – and probably least changed since Palm Sunday 1461.

I pray that it may remain as it is now, and I praise all those who labour that it may be so.

Robert Hardy 1994 in his letter to the Towton Battlefield Society accepting the role of Patron.

 

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