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Site of the Battle of Towton, 29 March 1461, which was Palm Sunday. Towton is reputedly the longest, biggest and bloodiest battle ever on British soil, fought between the Yorkist and Lancastrian armies during the so-called Wars of the Roses. It lasted about 10 hours and the numbers thought to be involved are staggering – anywhere between 75-90,000 combatants, with the Lancastrians having a slight advantage in numbers. The figures for the dead are obscene: estimates vary wildly, but the lowest is in the region of 10,000 and highest 38,000; many sources suggest losses of 28,000, of which 20,000 were on the Lancastrian side. The site lies a little to the south of Tadcaster. There is a waymarked walk around the site, with useful information boards, and the countryside is pleasant. The Towton Battlefield Society offers guided tours.
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