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The Battlefields Trust one day ‘Battlefields in Yorkshire’ Conference

The Battlefields Trust are holding a one day ‘Battlefields in Yorkshire’ Conference at the York Army Museum (in York) on Sunday November 19th. Booking is now open. Please go to the link Battlefields in Yorkshire

Our next talk on the 4th of September “From Wakefield to Towton”

On Monday 4th of September Helen Cox will give a talk on the history surrounding the battle of Wakefield and Towton. Helen is a TBS member, author of many books and popular speaker with us, so a informative and entertaining evening is expected. Meeting is as usual at Saxton Village Hall at 7:30. Non members [...]

Roger Keech, film maker. RIP

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Roger Keech. Roger, of RKP productions was a great friend of the society, maker of the promotional video with Robert Hardy, a BBC documentary on Towton and our Towton DVD. He was generous to us with many of his resources, films and images [...]

On the sad news on the death of our Patron Robert Hardy CBE

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our patron , Robert Hardy CBE . From the beginning he was the patron and great supporter of our society. He had kept close, attending our events and promoting our work. The most publicly notable being to attend our commemoration day and present [...]

Archaeological Report on the Old London Road, Towton

In 2016, Tim Sutherland as part of the Towton Battlefield Archaeology Project, with the help of volunteers from the TBS undertook an archaeological survey on a part of what is known as “The Old London Road” at Towton. What is now a bridleway on the edge of the battlefield has been in use as a [...]

Our next talk on the 7th of August, the Battle of Boroughbridge 1322.

We are pleased to announce that our next speaker will be Louise Whittaker who runs the Northern section of the Battlefields Trust. She will be presenting us with a talk on the Battle of Boroughbridge 1322. It is set to be an night of interest to many members about this local battle between rebellious Barons [...]

Celebration as Historic England extend the Registered Battlefield Boundary for Towton ! :) :)

This is the cause for celebration , after many years of campaigning, meetings , endless phone calls and hard work we have finally won a significant extension of the Battlefield boundary at Towton. This is the first time since the creation of the register that a battlefield boundary has been altered so significantly. This extension [...]

Change in Speaker for our next meeting on the 3rd of July. Now to be a guided walk “Saxton through the Ages”

Apologies to all, but speaker Keith Dowen has had a last minute change of plan and is unable to present our next meeting on the 3rd of July. However every cloud has a silver lining and on one of the longest days of the summer (hopefully nice and warm to !) Graham Derbyshire will be [...]

Our next talk: Monday 5th June – “The Sherburn Archaeological Excavations– An update from Low Street” byPaula Ware

Archaeologist Paula Ware will be updating us on the Sherburn Archaeology excavations and their very interesting discoveries. Saxton Village Hall, 7:30. Visitors welcome.

What are the Frie Company Reenactors up to ?

We have just had a very enjoyable outing at the St Georges Day Parade in Morley, and look forwards to the rest of the year. Please look what we are up to on our Facebook page, but in the meantime here are the rest of our dates for this year. Click here for facebook page [...]

Our new Visitor Information Centre is ready !

As you know we have purchased a new cabin for our “VIC” at the Crooked Billet Pub. We have had to vacate the Rockingham Arms after many happy years due to the rooms being re-used, and we used this as a opportunity to refresh our old cabin at the Crooked Billet. We are glad to [...]

Our Next Meeting: Neil Wilson will be speaking on Medieval Medicine

Our next speaker will be Neil Wilson who will be talking to us about Medieval Medicine on Monday 7th May. Neil is always a popular speaker and the subject matter always fascinates us all and will be bound to draw a large audience. As usual, the venue is Saxton Village Hall at 7:30. Non members [...]

New Visitors Information Centre building at the Crooked Billet

For a number of years we have had a cabin at the Crooked Billet Saxton, which has been used as a Information Centre for visitors (the “VIC”). This allowed us to display materials and show the history of the battlefield. Unfortunately this old, temporary building was failing, with a leaking roof amongst other things. Having [...]

Battle of Towton Memorial Day Saturday 8th of April

Our memorial this year will be a series of free guided walks of the battlefield on the day. These will start at the barn behind the Rockingham Arms Towton (on the Old London Road). Please park at the Barn NOT the pub. Walks will begin at: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00. We will not be [...]

Role Up! Role Up! Its the History of the Circus !….Our next talk

Steve Ward, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the history of the Circus will be our guest speaker on Monday 6th March. This topic is something very different and we are hoping that it will interest members. It’s set to be a great night. As usual at Saxton Village Hall, 7:30pm. Guests welcome.

Our next talk: Creating the The Towton Tapestry, Alex Harrison and the Towton Tapestry Group

Alex  Harrison  and  the Towton  Tapestry  Group  will be  talking  to  us  about  their exciting  project,  progress  to date  and their  next  steps  ( or should  I  say  stitches!)  on Monday 6th February. As usual the venue will be Saxton village hall at 7:30. Guests welcome.

Change of date for Tadcaster Bridge Celebrations

Due to delays in the bridge works, the opening celebrations will now be on Sunday 19th of February. Please note this is a Tadcaster Town celebration. The Frie Company is attending. Neither the Frie or the TBS are involved in its organisation.

Frie Company living history at Tadcaster

In line with keeping our history alive in the community, and also having damn good fun, the Frie Company will be appearing at the celebrations on the re-opening of Tadcaster Bridge planned for January the 29th. Its almost a year since the bridge was severely damaged in the terrible floods, and now Tadcaster can rejoice [...]

New dates in 2017 for Walks, Archery and Meetings

The events calendar’s have now been updated, they can be found on the events menu at the top of the home page. Look forwards to seeing members old and new in the New Year. Happy Christmas !!  

January talk, The madness of Henry VI

Alan Stringer will launch our new year on Monday 9th January with a talk about the illness which afflicted King Henry VI and had such an impact on his ability to rule his kingdom. Alan is a regular and popular speaker and we are set a great start to 2017. As usual, Saxton village hall, [...]

A A Gill, Patron, remembered

As many of you may already know, acclaimed restaurant critic and columnist A A Gill recently past away shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Adrian came to Towton for a full day in July 2008 to research an article later to make the front cover the Sunday Times on Sunday  August edition. It is a [...]

New speaker for the 7th November found

I am pleased to announce that a regular speaker Helen Cox has stepped into the breach, and will give a talk on her latest research into “The History of Funerals”

TBS on Facebook

Our website is great for research and keeping up with official notices, but for those who enjoy a like minded community we have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Towton-Battlefield-Society-174158255993807/

The TBS invest to maintain the Towton Trial Boards and keep our heritage alive.

The Towton Trail has now been in place for over five years and it has become an important national heritage and community asset . Recent estimates indicate that over 16,000 people use the access, the paths and view the boards each year and the pathway has become a significant tourist attraction in the area. As [...]