This Day in History: 1450-09-07

On 7th September 1450, Richard, Duke of York (lord of Sandal Castle), reached his fortress at Denbigh having been denied landing or lodging at Beaumaris on his return as Lieutenant of Ireland. York insisted that he had returned solely to emphasise his loyalty to Henry VI. Although appointed on 30th July 1447, York had not left England until June 1449 taking with him his pregnant wife, Cecily, and an army of 600 men. By the mid-1440s York’s financial status was proving troublesome, being owed nearly £39,000 (£47 million in today’s money) by the Crown.