Battle of Blackheath for cornish independence

Battle of Blackheath – The 4th Kingdom of Britain

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The Battle of Blackheath was fought for the independence of Cornwall against the Crown of England in 1497. In the shadows of London, 15,000 Cornish men marched 250 miles across southern England to meet 25,000 men of King Henry VII Army.

Blachehedfeld London, the area known today as Blackheath. Located in an area of South East London, bordering the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Lewisham, as the crow flies the park is due south of the Isle of Dogs.

In 1166, during the reign of King John, the area we know to today as Blackheath name was recorded as Blachehedfeld, which translates to mean “dark colour, heathland”. The old English name ‘blæc’ and ‘hǣth’ referring to the open space used as a meeting place. The Victorians built the suburbs extending south of the river Thames, choosing to keep the parks of Greenwich and Blackheath in their place.

The strategic importance of Blackheath

If you stand on the hill of Blackheath, besides the Royal Observatory, squint the eyes and strip away everything built in the last few hundred years you get a feel of the strategic importance of this area. You are looking down at the City of London. The Romans built their strategically important Roman road, Watling Street, from Dover to this point, the Roman road tacked along the A2, slightly to the right of today’s park.

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