Diocesan press releases

Legendary figure Lady Margaret Beaufort brought to life in Wrexham by Dr David Starkey

One of the country’s most remarkable, influential and important women will be brought to life by a celebrated historian of Tudor times at a special event in Wrexham in July.

Dr David Starkey will tell the story of Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII and reputed benefactress of St Giles’ Church, Wrexham and other churches in Gresford, Holt, Mold and Holywell.

Proceeds from the event on 6 July in St Giles’ Church will be divided between the church and the Art Fund, a national charity which makes donations to assist in the purchase of Works of Art for the nation.

Vanessa Graham-Palmer, chairman of the Clwyd Branch of the Art Fund, which is organising the event, said “The Art Fund is delighted to welcome Dr Starkey to Wrexham to tell us the story of this charismatic woman. She outlived four husbands, is reputed to have funded the restoration of a number of churches in North East Wales and managed to keep her son, Henry Tudor, safe to accede to the throne of England and Wales after the Wars of the Roses concluded with the Battle of Bosworth Field.

She is an intriguing figure who brings colour, glamour, mystery and manipulation to this part of Wales, particularly in the same year as Visit Wales ‘Year of Legends’”.

Dr Starkey is one of the Country’s most engaging historians, controversial broadcasters and entertaining speakers. He has written and presented TV programmes such as Channel 4’s Monarchy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Churchills. He is noted for his academic work on The Tudors having written books on Henry VIII and The Monarchy.

Corbel of Lady Margaret Beaufort from St Giles Church WrexhamThe Tower of St Giles’ ranks as one of The Seven Wonders of Wales and the building has been described as ‘the greatest medieval Parish Church in Wales’.  The core of the church dates from the 14th century and it was extensively remodelled in the later 15th century, possibly by Lady Margaret Beaufort and her then husband, Thomas, Lord Stanley: both are depicted on the corbels on either side of the chancel arch.

Dr Starkey’s lecture on Lady Margaret Beaufort will be given on Thursday 6 July at St Giles’ Church, Wrexham. There will be a wine reception at 6.30 p.m. and the lecture will commence at 7pm. Tickets (which include a glass of wine and nibbles) cost £35 and are available from St Giles’ Parish Church (in person), Wrexham Tourist Information Centre (tic@wrexham.gov.uk/ 01978 292015) and the Art Fund ( clwyd@artfund.org.uk).