Richard III's coffin?

Richard III's last resting place?

A stone coffin discovered by a gardener in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, which was being used as part of a water feature on a new housing estate, has been moved to the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre in Sutton Cheney, thanks to the generosity of David Wilson East Midlands, who developed the new estate where the stone coffin was found. There has been some speculation in both the local and national media that it could be the coffin of Richard III, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth. Among a number of local legends of what happened to his body after the battle, is an account which says it was dumped in the River Soar and later recovered by nuns, who gave it a proper burial. The photograph shows Leicestershire County Council Chairman, Anthony Kershaw, with David Reddingtton, Managing Director of David Wilson East Midlands, at the official handing over ceremony.

6 February 2009