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Cock Bridge, north of Towton

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Cock Bridge, north of Towton
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June 1904. View of Cock Bridge over Cock Beck situated north of the village of Towton. Towton is famous for the bloody battle of the Wars of the Roses which proved crucial in securing the throne for Yorkist Edward IV. The battle took place south of Towton, between Towton and Saxton on Palm Sunday, 29th March 1461. The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians in a fierce snowstorm. Cock Beck was in full spate, trapping the Lancastrians. Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland was one of the Lancastrian leaders killed that day. Many who were not put to the sword drowned in the beck. Almost 29,000 men died at Towton, some of whom, it is thought, may be buried at the East End of Bramham churchyard. A mass grave was detected at Towton Hall in 1996 and has been the site of a fascinating archeological excavation.

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