Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

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A turret or framework upon a roof, built to hang bells. The most common bellcote is a very simple gable affair housing a single bell, placed at the west end of the nave roof. However, more elaborate bellcotes might have space for two or even three bells under a common turret. Bellcotes are sometimes called bell gables, and the term may be spelled with two words rather than as a single word (i.e. bell cote).

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This battle took place on 14 April 1471 between Yorkists under the future Edward IV and Lancastrians under Warwick 'The Kingmaker'

18 March, 978

Murder of King Edward

The young King Edward, who had only been on the throne for 3 years, was murdered at Corfe Castle, Dorset, probably with the connivance of his step-mother. Edward, later canonized, was succeeded by his half-brother Ethelred, known to history by the unfortunate soubriquet, Ethelred the Unready

This king was the first Plantagent to be buried in England

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