Registered Battlefields

Historic England's Register of Historic Battlefields currently identifies 47 important English battlefields.

The purpose of registration is to offer historic battlefield sites protection through the planning system, and to promote a better understanding of their significance and public enjoyment.

There is only one Registered Battlefield in the district The Battle of Stoke Field, 1487.

This Battlefield is unique, partly because it is the only Registered Battlefield in Nottinghamshire, but also in terms of its significance as the last pitched battle of the Wars of the Roses.

Registered sites are not necessarily open to the public, and other than access via public rights of way, will depend on local arrangements with owners.

The UK Battlefields Resource Centre is a useful resource, and includes maps, images, air photos, walking and driving tours, resources for teachers, and much more.

The impact of development proposals on the significance of a Registered Battlefield is an important consideration in the planning process. To merit registration, the battlefield must be of national significance. Battlefields have frequently been the setting for crucial turning-points in English history.

Battles must have been of clear historical significance, their sites securely established, and these sites to be still recognisable today, if they are to be added to the Register. Other factors may add to the likelihood that a battlefield merits registration, or give particular parts of a battlefield enhanced significance, including: archaeological potential, documentation, military innovations, biographic associations, commemoration and topographic integrity.

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