Towton Gets a Reprieve


A warm thank you to everyone who shared, tweeted, emailed, wrote to the Selby District council, called them, attended the meeting, and objected to the petition to establish a permanent pitch on the soon-to-be-protected edge of the Towton battlefield.

Your efforts to publicize this issue helped save a valuable part of the world’s history. As of tonight, 229 people voiced their opinions, mainly objections, on the Selby District Council page. As a result, yesterday the Selby Council voted to reject the petition.

Mark Taylor left a lovely message on the Towton FaceBook page, and to be honest, I couldn’t have said it better myself:

“Thank you all for the amazing result at Selby today. The committee rejected the application in favour of heritage, environment and common sense.

Some of you invested hours of your time, some minutes, some wrote blogs, others letters and most a few lines but you all made a massive difference and demonstrated that people can collectively combine and deliver heritage success.

This will not be the last time you will be called into action at Towton and I am sure you will be called to help other sites, but remember, if we all take a few minutes we can save centuries of history anywhere .

We will get into the detail over the next few days and look at appeals, next steps etc, but for now raise a glass to successful collective action and celebrate your input.

It is also important to remember that we protested respectfully and that the Travelling community are still been let down in the Selby area, our victory will be a little hollow unless we complete the job and ensure plans are in place to remedy the short fall of suitable sites.

Thank you. An international heritage site is safer tonight.”



Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

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