An article about the end of stamp duty on some properties, included a smaller column from which I’ve taken the following:
“….A six-bedroom family home [in Stanford-in-the-Vale] linked to Richard III sold for £2.65million after spending just three weeks on the market….[it] was once owned by Anne Neville, who was Queen Consort to Richard III….”
But then, while looking a little deeper into this, I came upon this article which includes many illustrations…and also a piece of information that was much more interesting than Anne Neville merely coming into possession of the manor. Again, I quote:
“….In 1474, Anne Beauchamp, 16th Countess of Warwick, conferred all her estates on her two daughters. Stanford was among those she passed to Anne Neville who later became Queen Consort to King Richard III. It is thought that the neighbouring church of St Denys may have been the site of their wedding as the South Porch, built in the 1470’s, bears the arms of York and Warwick….”
Well, as almost nothing is known about the wedding of Richard of Gloucester and Lady Anne Neville (beyond the fact that it actually happened) I was obviously brought up rather sharpish by this revelation. I can’t imagine it’s more than a local legend, but then again such legends do sometimes contain a kernel of truth. Does anyone know any more about it?
Here is a third site which includes photographs of the church, and one of its porches, which is indeed quite imposing.