November 18, 2010
The site of a 15th Century battle during the Wars of the Roses has been put up for sale.
The land where the Battle of Tewkesbury was fought is due to be sold to the highest bidder in a sealed bids auction, with a deadline of 3 February.
Campaigners say they fear the site could be built on after it was put up for sale by its owners, the trustees of Tewkesbury School’s trust fund.
Tewkesbury Battlefield Society wants to raise money to buy the site.
Gastons Fields were at the centre of the Wars of the Roses battle in 1471 when Yorkist King Edward IV’s forces triumphed over the Lancastrians.
Steve Goodchild from the society said: “The concern is that developers may want to buy the land and may want to pay much more than any going rate.
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June 3, 2013
if the site is the field i think it is – i’m a regular visitor to Tewkesbury, though i’ve not done a battlefield walk, so caveats apply – then any developer is going to have a problem: its currently under two feet of water, and goes two feet under water every other winter.
its part of the River Severn flood plain, and while lots of flood plains do get built on, this bit demonstraates its nature quite spectacularly every couple of years. the developer might well get planning permission – given the state of the planning process in England – but no bank or building society would give anyone a mortgage to buy a house there, and no insurance company would cover it.
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