Who were the Mortimers?

Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. To read more about this amazing family click here

Upcoming Events

12th & 13th September 2015 - Reenactment of the Battle of Mortimer's Cross (1461) at Croft Castle, Herefordshire


Richard, Duke of York was the nephew and heir of Edmund Mortimer, the last Mortimer earl of March. He had been accepted as Protector of the Realm and the heir-apparent of the Lancastrian king Henry VI but there remained much antagonism towards him, particularly in the north. Seeking to subdue this opposition, with insufficient forces, he was killed in battle near Wakefield on 30th December 1460. His 18-year-old son, Edward, the new Duke of York, now led the opposition to the Lancastrians. After Christmas he moved swiftly with an army to prevent a western Lancastrian army under the earls of Pembroke and Wiltshire from joining the main Lancastrian forces. The two armies met at Mortimer's Cross near Edward's home at Wigmore on 2nd or 3rd February 1461. Before the battle a meteorological phenomenon known as a parhelion occurred which gave the appearance of there being three suns in the sky - see recent occurrences on Google Images! This frightened the Yorkist army somewhat, but Edward convinced them that it was a sign of the Trinity. They defeated the Lancastrians and Edward marched to London where he was declared king Edward IV in March. A key member of the Yorkist army was Sir Richard Croft of nearby Croft Castle, now a National Trust property.

Normal admission prices apply so it is free to National Trust members.



From left to right: Derwin Bennett ("The Royal Executioner"), Prof. David Carpenter, Dr Paul Dryburgh, Dr Ian Mortimer, Elizabeth Chadwick, Dr Matthew Stevens, Prof. Daniel Power & MHS Chairman Jason O'Keefe.
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MHS is supporting the development of a brand new history trail covering Mortimer sites in the Middle Marches. It is the brainchild of our founder, John Grove who has provided the following information.

Everyone knows that the Mortimers were crucial figures in the history of the Marches. Few, perhaps, know that, as well as Wigmore Castle, there are a good number of other visible remains that are linked to the Mortimers. We have begun to develop a history trail in Mortimer country that will give individuals and families the opportunity to visit ten attractive villages and towns. The trail will include ten fine historic churches and eight castle sites. There will be a leaflet including a map and a guide but it will also be available in an online format which will be developed over time to include more and more Mortimer-related information. We hope this will lead visitors to a greater interest in the Mortimers and urge them to join the Society and make use of the website which covers many more Mortimer castles, churches, places and 'things' not only in England but also in Wales, Ireland and Normandy. 

The ten places to be included in the trail are Ludlow, Richard's Castle, Orleton, Kingsland, Pembridge, Presteigne, Lingen, Shobdon, Wigmore and Leintwardine.
Our hope is that, once the trail is completed, it will be recognised as one of the best medieval history trails in Britain. If you would like to help in any way, especially if you live in Herefordshire or Shropshire, do contact the coordinator John Grove. john.grove37@gmail.com