MP in call for county to be king’s final resting place

A poster next to a screen image at press conference at the University of Leicester, where lead archaeologist Richard Buckley spoke to confirm tests have established that a skeleton found under Greyfriars car park in Leicester is that of King Richard III
A poster next to a screen image at press conference at the University of Leicester, where lead archaeologist Richard Buckley spoke to confirm tests have established that a skeleton found under Greyfriars car park in Leicester is that of King Richard III

The final resting place of Richard III should be in Northamptonshire, the county of his birth, according to MP Andy Sawford.

In line with the terms of the exhumation licence the king, who was born at Fotheringhay Castle, is due to be reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Richard to be reinterred in York but while the Chapter of York Minster says it understands the strong feelings of people in the city, it supports the burial in Leicester, where the remains were found.

Now Mr Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northants, says the most fitting site would be at Fotheringhay, near Oundle.

He said: “It is my view that Richard should be buried in Fotheringhay where the remains of his father and brother are in the church.

“Northamptonshire was the county of his birth and this is a matter of great historical significance for the area.”

Mr sawford said he has already been in touch with parish councillors in Fotheringhay on the matter.

Earlier this month academics confirmed that the man found buried beneath a council car park in Leicester was Richard III, born at Fotheringhay Castle in October 1452 and who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

Mr Sawford said: “The church at Fotheringhay is one of the most beautiful in the county and a fitting resting place for Richard.”