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Mystery coffin moved to Bosworth

A medieval stone coffin rumoured to have been Richard III's has been placed at its new home in Leicestershire.

The coffin was found in a garden in Earl Shilton where it had been used in a water garden.

Archaeologists believe it dates from the time the 15th Century king died, and could once have been located at Greyfriars Church in Leicester.

Richard is rumoured to have been buried at the church. The coffin has now been installed at Bosworth visitors' centre.

King Richard was killed at Bosworth in 1485.

But historians have said that while the coffin is of a person of a high status and roughly of the right date, it is unlikely to have been the king's.

Tony Kershaw, chairman of the county council, said: "This is a tremendous find and where better to place it other than Bosworth Battlefield which is steeped in so much history?

"Everyone should come along and take a look at the coffin and all the other exhibits at the battlefield which date back to the time of King Richard III."

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