Travel report: Dead king carpark

A few months ago, along with so many of nerdy internet friends, I was fascinated by the finding of King Richard III’s body under a council car park in Leicester. So when we were in the UK, and conveniently, staying just 20 minutes drive away from Leicester, we went to find the car park.

It’s down in one of the winding old alleyways of Leicester, and really, all there is to see is a carpark, with a white tent at the back covering up the spot. There was a security guard there, so this was as close as we could get.

The Bee family outside the dead king car park in Leicester

The Bee family outside the dead king car park in Leicester

This is what it looks like down the street – just a dull brick wall, and nothing to show that this is where Richard III lay for 527 years.

New Street, Leicester, showing the entrance to the Social Services car park, where Richard III's body was found.

New Street, Leicester, showing the entrance to the Social Services car park, where Richard III’s body was found.

So we saw a tent, and a car park, and it was Very Exciting.

There is a dispute about where Richard III should be re-interred. Richard III built a power base in the north, and the city of York claims a special relationship with him. So they would like his body to be buried in York Minster.

The people of Leicester say otherwise. They point out that the license for exhumation said that if any remains were found, they would be buried in Leicester Cathedral, and that having lain in the shadow of Leicester Cathedral for 527 years, there he should remain.

I’m inclined to agree. After I took the photo down New Street, I turned 180 degrees around, and took this photo.

Leicester Cathedral, from New Street.

Leicester Cathedral, from New Street.

This is Leicester Cathedral. I think it’s about 70 metres from the entrance to the car park to the door of the cathedral.

Whatever his connection with York, Richard III’s body has lain for far longer in Leicester. Let him stay there.

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2 comments on “Travel report: Dead king carpark

  1. Therese says:

    Agree! It would rather be unsettling for the chap to move him after all this time…..

  2. He’s surely settled in quite nicely , by now ? Seems a shame to move him .

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