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"BATTLEFIELD, a parish in the Albrighton division of the county of Salop, 3 miles to the N. of Shrewsbury. The Shrewsbury and Chester and Crewe and Shrewsbury railways pass near it. Here was fought, on the 21st of July, 1403, the battle usually called the Battle of Shrewsbury, in which the insurgent forces under Percy, Earl of Northumberland, were defeated by Henry IV., and in which Hotspur, with a large number of nobles, was slain. A college was founded here by the king in commemoration of the victory, the revenue of which at the Dissolution was about £55. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £223, in the patronage of Lady Brinckman. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene (the battle having taken place on the eve of her festival), formerly belonged to the college. It is a fine old structure, with a majestic embattled tower, surmounted by pinnacles, and has been recently restored by Lady Brinckman." [Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868 by Colin Hinson ©2015]


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