Market Bosworth is seated on a pretty high hill, in a country fertile in corn and grass.  It is noted for a bloody battle fought here between Richard III and Henry earl of Richmond, afterwards Henry VII wherein King Richard lost his life and crown.  This battle put an end to the long and bloody contention between the two royal houses of York and Lancaster; which, as fame tells us, had cost the lives of eleven princes, twenty-three earls and dukes, three thousand noblemen, knights, and gentlemen, and two hundred thousand of the common people.  At the town they shew several pieces of swords, heads of lances, barbs of arrows, pieces of pole-axes, and such like instruments of death, said to be found by the country people in the several grounds near the place of battle, as they had occasion to dig, or trench, or plough, the ground.  The town is near three miles from the place where the battle was fought.  It is thirteen miles south-west of Leicester, and one hundred and six north-north-west of London.

The market-day is Wednesday, and fairs the 8th of May and 10th of July.

The following is a list of the principal inhabitants:


Dixie Willoughby, Esq.


Nicholson Rev. Mr. Curate

Right Rev. Mr. Rector

Wood Rev. Mr. Curate


Power John

Traders, &c.

Gadsby Francis, Victualler

Grimley Robert, Grocer, &c.

Holworthy James, Schoolmaster

Holyland Thomas, Butcher

King William, Maltster

Lakin Joseph, Draper

Mann Hannah, Mercer and Draper

Moxon Nathaniel, Victualler

Sargeant James, Grocer

Shenstone John, Grocer

Stevenson Edw. Carpenter and Joiner

Swinsen John, Glazier

Thorpe William, Cooper

Underwood Thomas, Smith & Farrier

White Thomas, Hosier

Source: The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture 1791. Vol. 3.

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