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New sculpture will commemorate battle

Plans for a sculpture to commemorate the Battle of Tewkesbury have been given the go-ahead.

Tewkesbury Borough Council has approved Tewkesbury Battlefield Society's proposals for a bronze sculpture in the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey.

The 2.45 metre sculpture is of Queen Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI at the time of the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. Queen Margaret was at the battle, representing her husband at the head of the Lancastrian army.

The sculpture will have three fixing points to the ground, which will be on a concrete foundation below ground.

The proposal was supported by the conservation officer for Tewkesbury, who said: "The installation of the statue would not detract from the peaceful grounds of the abbey and would be both inspiring and educational."

Both Historic England and Gloucestershire County Council's archaeologist urged caution in case any archaeological remains were revealed during the development.

It is not yet known when work on the sculpture will start.

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