Henry played the starring role in the story of Agincourt. At the time of his birth in 1387 at Monmouth Castle, few expected that the boy would go on to be King. But his place in the Battle has become legendary.
Monmouth Castle and St Mary’s Priory Church
Henry was born in the tower above the gatehouse at Monmouth Castle, which belonged to his grandfather John of Gaunt. Today, only parts of the castle’s tower and great hall remain, but two grand oak trees brought from the battlefield of Agincourt during the Great War stand guard at the site as a living reminder of the battle.
Henry can be seen in the stained glass window on the south side of the town’s St Mary’s Priory Church. One panel depicts the crowned King in full armour wearing an ermine-lined cape and holding the banner of England. In the background Monmouth’s iconic Monnow Bridge. Still a Monmouth landmark, it’s the last remaining example of a medieval fortified bridge with its gate tower still standing anywhere in Great Britain.
In the case of the town’s central marketplace, Monmouth’s Agincourt connections are right under your feet. The square was given its name in the early 19th century to commemorate Monmouth’s most famous son. A statue of Henry stands on the façade of the square’s Shire Hall, while a wall hanging depicting the King on horseback rallying the troops at Agincourt can be seen inside.