Agincourt Places

Fotheringhay, Northants


Simon Leach

The highest ranking English casualty at Agincourt was Edward, Duke of York, who commanded the right wing.  He is buried in the church of St Mary and All Saints, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, which is the resting place of several members of the York family whose principal seat was the nearby Fotheringhay Castle.

The building was originally much a larger collegiate foundation but, following the dissolution, only the nave was retained for use as the parish church. The York tombs, which were originally in the choir and lady chapel,  were transferred to the nave during the reign of Elizabeth I.  Today, on either side of the alter, there are two large matching tombs, in a renaissance style, the one on the right for the 2nd Duke who at died at Agincourt in 1415 and the one on the left  for the 3rd Duke who died at the battle of Wakefield in 1460.

A lettered board records “Edward Duke of York was slain at the Battle of Agincourt in the 3rd year of Henry 5th, 1415. These Monuments were made in the Year of our Lord 1573”.

The York Window was installed in the church by the Richard III Society in 1975. The arms of Edward, 2nd Duke of York (1374-1415) impaled with the arms of his wife, Philippa Mohun, appear in the centre of the left hand light.

Simon Leach

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