'Raiding party' may bring Richard III home to Gloucester
CIVIC guardians haven't given up hope of getting the remains of King Richard III back to Gloucester – but they admit their chances of success are slim.
Richard Trelfa, of Gloucester Civic Trust, has highlighted more evidence of the King's links with the city, as Leicester and York engage in a battle for his final resting place.
His remains were discovered under a car park in Leicester last year and they are likely to be interred there in a casket topped with Yorkshire limestone.
Mr Trelfa maintained a "raiding party" from Gloucester still has enough evidence to bring the last Plantagenet king to Gloucester.
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"How about a raiding party to bring the remains of Richard III to Gloucester?" he said.
"His coat of arms is on St Michael's Tower, and as king he gave the city its charter in 1483 resulting in a sword of state and cap of maintenance on the city's coat of arms.
"Following his death in 1485, at the Battle of Bosworth, the city's coat of arms changed, yet again, to signify that the Wars of the Roses had ended with his death.
"This is signified by the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York being on the same shield, at the top in Marylone, off Southgate Street."
And he said another coat of arms at the New Inn in Northgate Street, although Tudor, features Richard of Gloucester's boar's head between the roses.
"Surely this is a sign that his memory was revered in a way not repeated anywhere else in the country," said Mr Trelfa.
"And, despite a later attempt by the Tudor propagandist William Shakespeare to blacken his name. Let's bring him home."
It's believed he visited Gloucester twice, in 1474 as Duke of Gloucester, then in 1483 just after he had been crowned, and granted the city the right to self-governance.
With his reputation endorsed as a man loyal to the Plantagenets thanks to the BBC TV drama The White Queen, interest in him is at an all-time high.
City councillor Seb Field is looking forward to a recreation of Richard III's head coming to the city museum next March but said Gloucester's chances of interring his remains at the Cathedral have all but gone.
"It's down to the law and the exhumation licence," he said. "Before a body is dug up, it's the property of those who find it, so I think he will stay in Leicester.
"I am a great friend of Richard Trelfa's and admire the efforts of him and others but I would not support any action outside of the law."
Richard III was created Duke of Gloucester on November 1, 1461, after the accession of his brother, Edward IV, to the throne.