Stained glass image of Edward V in the Evans chapel at Coldridge Church. Image has been verified as being of Edward V by stained glass experts Brooks and Cherry as well as the Keeper of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo Photo Dale Cherry
Here is a link to an interesting article in the Telegraph. For those unable to access the article it’s also available on Yahoo News. Following my posts – A Portrait of Edward V and Perhaps Even a Resting Place – St Matthew’s Church Coldridge and a guest post – A PORTRAIT OF EDWARD V AND THE MYSTERY OF COLDRIDGE CHURCH Part II – by John Dike a Coldridge resident and who has been leading Philippa Langley’s The Missing Princes Project team in Devon, I am very happy to see this very plausible theory getting the publicity it deserves. Bill Gardner is Deputy News Editor of the Telegraph, and whose interest first being piqued by the Missing Princes Project, decided to have a catchup and recently travelled down to Coldridge to interview John Dike and to take a look around the church. The resultant article was published in the Telegraph on the 29 December 2021. I think its exciting and hopefully an indication that this theory – which is up to now one of the most plausible – of what became of one of the sons of Edward IV will become more widely known about and a refreshing antidote to the relentless, tedious and monotonous stories that the ‘Princes in the Tower’ were murdered.
A reminder of some of the clues in Coldridge Church :
Yorkist emblems. Here a White Rose of York and a Sunne in Splendour.. Photo Dale Cherry
Sunne in Splendour effigy. Photo John Dike.
The open crown above the image of Edward V but which originally would have been in a different window – possibly the Chantry over a royal coat of arms. Note the deer in the ermine instead of the usual stoats tails. Surely a nod to John Evans as Parker at Coldridge Deer Park?
St Matthews Church, Coldridge beneath a glowering Devon sky. Could this be the burial place of John Evans who possibly was Edward V, son of Edward IV who lived out his life incognito in Coldridge.
Footnote. Another thought is that Edward V could have been present at the Battle of Stoke 16th June 1487. A young lad had been crowned King Edward in Dublin on the 24th May 1487 by die hard Yorkists. This ‘King Edward’ was found after the battle but the heralds recorded that although the young King Edward was taken, his real name was ‘John’ ‘And there was taken the lade that his rebelles called King Edwarde (whoos name was in dede John) – by a vaylent and a gentil esquire of the kings howse called Robert Bellingham’ (1). Is it possible that this ‘John’ was John Evans of Coldridge who in actual fact was Edward V. Is it also possible that this young man was badly wounded especially around the face, or even had his face purposefully disfigured and then returned to live out his life in Coldridge? This would explain why the face of the older man in the window at Coldridge appears to be badly scarred?
The face in the window of the mature man who appears to be scarred around the mouth and an opaque eye. Carries a crown and wearing ermine. Could this be John Evans – who in his life as Edward V was wounded at the Battle of Stoke?
- Chroniques de Jean Molinet ed. G Doutrepont and O Jordogne Brussells 1935. Translation taken from Michael Bennett’s Lambert Simnel and the Battle of Stoke. See also Heralds’Memoir 1486-1490 pp.116-17 E. Cavell.
Links to other posts with links to Coldridge.