This Day in History: 1483-06-16

On receiving a letter from Richard Duke of Gloucester pertaining to the alleged plot against the Protectorate of the Realm, the Earl of Northumberland undertook the forty miles’ journey on horseback to Hull. He approached the port with a proclamation ‘that all men between the ages of 60 and 16 should be ready to attend of my said Lord of Northumberland at Pontefract’. The port’s reaction was not enthusiastic, and they agreed to send only twelve men to Pontefract, with each man paid 12d (£35 in today’s money) for twenty days.