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1255

Royal Elope From Leigh - Leigh Strand drew attention as a young couple arrived, dressed in fineries and fur lined cloaks.  They were awaiting a ship to take them to France.  The locals who glanced at the couple, may have taken more notice if they had realised in fact the young beautiful girl was Princess Beatrice daughter of King Henry III, who was attempting to elope with Ralph de Binley.  While her father was in London negotiating her hand in marriage to Alfonse, Lord of Castille from Spain.  Word had got out and a guard from Hadleigh Castle were making there way to apprehend the Princess.  They managed to halt the escape and return Beatrice to London, and her beau was taken to Chelmsford Prison where he was tried and sentenced to death.

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