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COUNCILLORS IN NEW BATTLE OF TEWKESBURY

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The Battle of Tewkesbury was fought during the Wars of the Roses in 1471. Now a new battle over what is now Glouces...
The Battle of Tewkesbury was fought during the Wars of the Roses in 1471. Now a new battle over what is now Gloucestershire's fastest growing town is being joined today when borough councillors decided whether to approve a housing estate on the Gaston, part of the battlefield site.

Michael Rainer, Co-ordinator of the British Battlefield Trust, said the Tewkesbury battlefield was probably one of the six most important sites in England. It has great historical , educational and tourism value. Some parts of the original battlefield had been built over but this did not detract form the remaining area.

He said in rejecting an earlier planning applications for the Gaston's field the secretary of state had said he was satisfied the Gastons was at the epicentre of the battle.

John Everts, a member of Tewkesbury borough Council planning committee, said the battle raged over the whole of the south west of Tewkesbury and the council had protected all the more important meadows. It ranged over a very large area and there was no archaeological evidence that the Gastons was the centre of the battle.
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