Felsted School played host to a fascinating historical talk last week,
as Doctor John Ashdown-Hill spoke about Richard III. He spoke to a group of Preparatory
School students in the afternoon, and then gave a public lecture to over 120
people in the evening. It was not only popular with Felsted staff and students;
members of the local community also flocked to this event.
- Painting of Dr Ashdown-Hill by a Finnish student. He is carrying the remains of Richard III.
Dr Ashdown-Hill was one of the historians most intimately involved with
the discovery of Richard III’s body, in a car park in Leicester. During the
talk, he spoke about his role in the finding. One of the most interesting points
raised was the fact that the King’s body could have been found as early as
2005, if ‘Time Team’ had been willing to take the risk!
Dr Ashdown-Hill was also responsible for tracking down the descendants
of Richard, in order to prove that the remains were genuine. A Year 8 pupil
commented; “Dr Ashdown-Hill talked to us in great detail about the steps he
took in finding Richard, such as trawling through accounts of where he was
buried until more than one matched. He then excavated the site and found
Richard on the first day.”
Felsted Preparatory School teacher Tony Harries,
who organised the event, commented; “I was delighted with the turnout from the
Felsted community. In particular, I was proud of how the pupils were really
engaged and interested with what Dr Ashdown-Hill was saying. I enjoyed both
- Tony Harries is available
for further comment if necessary.
- Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day
school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia.
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