Timeless scene on historic Wyle Cop

Sunrise on Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury, looking as if very little has changed over the centuries.

Timeless scene on historic Wyle Cop

These beautiful timber-framed buildings are part of Mytton’s Mansion, which was built in the 15th century for Thomas Mytton, the Bailiff of Shrewsbury.

Thomas was a staunch supporter of King Richard III, and it is said that he stopped Henry Tudor from entering the town in 1485.

Henry was on his way to meet Richard at the Battle of Bosworth, but Thomas vowed that the only way he would get through was ‘over his dead body’.

The town’s magistrates disagreed, however, and after much discussion it was agreed to open the gates.

Thomas then lay down and allowed the future King Henry VII to step over him, to free himself from his oath.

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