3 Battle of Ludford Bridge

Battle of Ludford Bridge

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Ludford Bridge

partof=the Wars of the Roses
date=12 October 1459
place= Ludford Bridge in Shropshire, England
result=Lancastrian victory
commander1=Richard, Duke of York
commander2=Henry VI

The Battle of Ludford Bridge was the worst disaster suffered by the Yorkists during the early years of the Wars of the Roses.

After the victory at the Battle of Blore Heath on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border, the Yorkists marched towards Worcester. They quickly fell back to a fortified position at Ludford Bridge in Shropshire after encountering a much larger Lancastrian force.

On 12 October 1459, Sir Andrew Trollope, who commanded the Calais contingent, defected to the King when offered a pardon, bringing with him his men and much information on York's army and plans. York was outnumbered by more than three to one. That evening York, his two sons, along with Warwick and Salisbury fled to Calais and Ireland from a battle that could not be won. Finding themselves leaderless next morning, the Yorkists disbanded leaving the Lancastrian army free to plunder the pro-York town of Ludlow, which lay just over the bridge.

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