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King Henry VIII visit Re-enactment in Stony Stratford
King Henry VIII visit Re-enactment in Stony Stratford

KING Henry VIII returned to Stony Stratford on Saturday after nearly 500 years.

Villagers of Grafton Regis donned medieval costume to re-enact the King’s failed attempt to visit his Grafton royal palace in 1528 as a promotion event for their annual History Fayre.

He travelled regularly through Stony Stratford on his way from London to his royal palace in Grafton Regis.

An outbreak of bubonic plague (more commonly known as the Black Death) in 1528 prevented Henry from visiting the palace that year.

Organiser and Grafton Regis resident, Kathy Harry, said: “Throughout his reign Henry VIII was a regular visitor to his palace at Grafton Regis.

“He brought a number of his wives, including Anne Boleyn.

“This area has a very rich history, due largely to the importance of the ancient thoroughfare of which Stony Stratford is part.”