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New Visitors Information Centre building at the Crooked Billet

For a number of years we have had a Portacabin 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 [...]

CANCELLED: Tim Sutherland, Archaeologist. Monday 7th November.

We apologise for any disappointment, but due to unforeseen circumstances Tim has had to cancel his talk. The Committee is looking to arrange a replacement speaker. Watch this space !

The TBS online shop is temporarily closed

For  many  years  Mick  Wilson has  been  the  architect  of  our retail  ventures  and  for  the  last few  he  has  be  running  our online presence.  Due  to family  commitments  Mick  is no  longer  able  to  do  this  task. Under  his  supervision  the shop  has  been  a  great  success and  Mick  deserves  our thanks. Unfortunately  no [...]

Battle of Stamford Bridge celebration

Our colleagues at the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society are having a festival to comemorate the battle there in 1066. This looks like being a great event remembering the battle in 1066 when King Harold defeated a Vikings invasion force, before heading down south to defend against a Norman force at some place called Hastings. [...]

Richard III conference, 29th October

Members  have  attended  the popular  conferences  hosted by  the  Richard  III  Foundation for  many  years.  The  r conference  will  be  held  at  the Dixie  Grammar  School  in Market  Bosworth  on  Sat  29th October.  Further  details  and the  registration  process  can be found  by  contacting Richard3Foundation@aol.com

Our next talk on Monday 3rd October: The Magna Carter Wars by Julian Humphry.

Apologies for an error, Monday is the 3rd of October, please note the correction. Julian  Humphrys  will  be  our next  speaker  on  Monday  3rd October.  Julian  is  a  military historian  working  as  the Development  officer  for  the Battlefields  Trust  and  a regular  contributor  to  the BBC  History  Magazine.  Its always  a  great  night  when Julian [...]

Yorkshire Day July 30th at the Crooked Billet

The Frei Company and friends will be at the Crooked Billet Pub as part of the Billets Yorkshire Day Celebrations. The Billet is on the  B1217 near Saxton just off the Battlefield. Join us in the afternoon for Living History, Archery, sword training exercises from the KDF and more, as well as the usual hospitality [...]

Our next talk The Battle of Towton 1461

Our next meeting will be on Monday 1st August. Popular speaker and local historian Chris Murphy will be our guest and his topic will be the “Battle of Towton”. Its has been a few years since we have had a talk on the detail of our battle and we are looking forward to another great [...]

TBS Open Evening, come along and see what we do and our work in the community

Have you ever wondered what we do ? Our work on the Battlefield, talks, research, Archery and Living History. Perhaps you would like to learn more about the actual Battle ? WE are going to have a open day on Monday July the 4th at Saxton village hall, 7:30pm. All are welcome and it is [...]

Grant for Old London Road Dig and Renovation

Cllr Graham Webb let us know on behalf of Towton Parish Council that the application for a Heritage Lottery grant has been successful and they are able to go ahead with the work on Old London Rd. Graham says: “I am delighted to confirm that the Heritage Lottery Fund has decided to give Towton Parish [...]

TBS Research. Who was there, what did they wear, what did they say ?

The Towton Battlefield Society wishes to promote study and research for this period.  Whilst many of our members have conducted extensive studies, there is always new information to be uncovered.  On our website we have documents which been collated over the years, and in line with our aims to encourage learning and interest, these documents [...]

The Battle of Prestonpans. Talk by Arran Johnston, Scottish Battlefields Trust

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 6TH June when Arran Johnston will be our guest speaker. Arran, from the Scottish Battlefields Trust will be travelling down from Edinburgh to talk to us about the Battle of Prestonpans and he will also be talking about the superb Prestonpans Tapestry. Meeting at Saxton Village Hall, [...]

Towton in the Shakespeare Short Film Festival

In December 2015 we were involved with the national project led by Shakespeare’s Globe theatre to produce and film the all plays of Shakespeare on location featuring the leading actors of the day. These short films are going to be shown along the South Bank in London over this weekend the 23/24th April. Our film, [...]