Fotheringhay Castle has part to play in Richard III burial

Fotheringhay has been given an important task in preparation for the reburial of Richard III in Leicester
Fotheringhay has been given an important task in preparation for the reburial of Richard III in Leicester

Fotheringhay has been given an important task in preparation for the reburial of Richard III in Leicester.

John Gould, owner of the Fotheringhay Castle, the site where the former King of England was born, has been asked to provide a sample of soil from the historic location for the reburial service.

On Sunday, March 22, the soil, alongside samples taken from other sites significant in Richard III’s life, will be blessed during a private ceremony.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will also sprinkle a portion of the sample into the last Yorkist King of England’s coffin in the reinterment service at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday, March 26.

Gould said: “It was a unique and very interesting request to be asked to provide a sample of soil from the castle site for the King Richard III reinterment events in Leicester.

“I have lived in the village all my life and four generations of my family have farmed here. We have all grown up with Fotheringhay’s history and often take it for granted. We are delighted to have been involved.”

To mark the part Fotheringhay played in the life of Richard III, the church of St Mary and All Saints, Fotheringhay will host a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Richard III and his family, who are buried in the grounds.

The event has been organised by members of the Richard III society and will take place on Wednesday 25 March. The ceremony will begin at 11.30am, followed with a tour of the church and a talk given by Susan Troxell, Richard III Society USA Librarian, and will conclude at 2.30pm.

For more information, visit the friends of Fotheringhay website.