Tourism specialists Leicestershire Promotions have been the driver behind the project from the very beginning. Having played a role in the discovery of the mortal remains of King Richard III, LPL are committed to creating an experience which allows visitors to move through the landscape of the battle itself.
At the heart of the sculpture trail from the very beginning, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have funded the sculpture trail with a grant of £280,000. They have also provided a commitment of services, staff and resources to continually drive the project forward. The result will be an outstanding tourism offering at the heart of the borough benefitting local communities and businesses as well as encouraging visitors from further afield.
The project has secured a £500,000 grant from the Pooled Business Rates fund, which is a pot of surplus funding managed by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Ltd (LLEP) used to invest in economic development priorities.
Kevin Harris is Chair of the LLEP Board of Directors.
He said: “It’s great that Pooled Business Rates grants are being used to fund cultural projects such as this, which form a vital part of the tourist economy of Leicester and Leicestershire. Visitors will have the chance to learn about some of the most iconic parts of our region’s history, while at the same time supporting local businesses.”
Stoke Golding is a community proud to be the birthplace of the beginning of the Tudor Dynasty. ‘The New Order’ sculpture was designed with much support and input from the church and community here. A turning point in English history is reflected by the sculpture design which local people have chosen to site at the church of St. Margaret of Antioch.
The churchyard in Dadlington is the known burial place for many of the battle dead. The community have long understood the role that Dadlington played in reconciliation after the Battle of Bosworth. As a result, they have embraced the design of the aptly named ‘The Healing’ sculpture, a piece which fits seamlessly into the churchyard pathway at St. James the Greater.