Battlefield discovery inhibits rail construction

Riders of a English railways will have to wait a little longer for the HS2 line thanks to the discovery of a previously "lost" site of a Wars of the Roses battlefield. The site of the Battle of Edgecote between the Earl of Warwick and King Edward IV, fought July 26 1469 in Northamptonshire, lies along the route of the high-speed rail link.

The battlefield, six miles from Banbury, was discovered by experts from Battlefields Trust using "an analysis of the landscape alongside surviving accounts of the battle," and has been placed on the national Register of Historic Battlefields. The site's status does not prohibit development, but requires archaeological investigation before construction can take place, a requirement that could slow down progress on the rail link.