From the outset, group members are
encouraged to have access to at least minimum kit standards (based on
equipment schedules organised by 'Commissions of Array') before
being allowed into battle (see link below). We set ourselves very high goals
and try to ensure that all of our equipment is historically accurate, of high
standard and worn/used in a manner appropriate to the period (both on and off
The group is predominantly an
archery group – though our members are also highly skilled on the field with
glaives, spears, pole and hand weapons.
Available for displays, our
archers use longbows, arrows and archery equipment of 15th Century design, hand
fashioned from traditional materials. Members draw between 60
and 90 lbs and are skilled in action on the field and at archery tournaments.
At events, our archers participate in Sunday
archery practice – a legal requirement of the time.
In addition to our longbows and polearms, all our armour, sallets,
hand weapons, and tools are supplied from
specialist armourers and metalworkers.
All clothing (shirts, doublets, arming
doublets, hose, padded jacks etc.) is of high standard, hand-sewn by group
members based upon contemporaneous artwork and references. We match period
colours and traditional fabrics compliant with 15th Century sumptuary laws.
Stylistically we aim for the close-fitting tailored look synonymous with the
fashion (and shape) of the time.
Footwear and leather goods are purchased
from skilled shoemakers and leatherworkers. Other miscellaneous equipment is
sourced through artisans and craftsmen.
Use the links
(below) to find out more about the type of equipment that we use. We also include
hints and tips on what to buy and some very simple, stylised patterns and instructions for
making fabric garments (however, specialist patterns are available through
re-enactment traders and from other websites). Additionally there is a link to our Glossary page at the
bottom of the screen.