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Please support the preservation of the Old London Road and archaeological dig

Old London Road, Towton is an ancient road which was certainly used at the time of the Battle of Towton in 1461 but some archaeologists and historians believe it may be much older, possibly even originally constructed by the Romans! It is now a Public Bridleway, used by ramblers, dog walkers, horses and riders, residents [...]

Would YOU like a talk on Towton or Medieval life around 1461 ?

The Towton Battlefield Society is a knowledgeable bunch, and a few of our members regularly give talks to groups large and small, young and old, as well as at our own meetings. If you would like to invite a speaker our Chairman, Mark Taylor would be happy to discus this with you. To contact Mark [...]

AS GOOD AS IT GETS at Saxton Village Hall

Well if you love Film it probably is . The Selby Globe Community Cinimas will be coming to Saxton Village Hall to show the classic film “As good as it gets ” (15) starring Jack Nicholson. Winning – Seven academy awards including: Best actor, Best actress and Best picture, its rated one of the top [...]

Interesting Present for Christmas ?

This was brought to my attention by one of our members, a very nice scarf inspired by the hereldry of the War of the Roses. The link will be going on our links page, which contained interesting War of the Roses and Medieval sites. http://www.andiehilldesigns.com/wars-of-the-roses.html

The TBS Towton Arrow Compitition 2015

Each year members compete for the prestigious Towton Arrow. In 2015 the prize will go to the member who submits the best British Battlefield picture as voted for by members attending our Christmas meeting. The image can be related to any British Battlefield and can be sent electronically or by post. Images may be used [...]

Towton Archery Compitition

On Sunday 6th September twenty TBS members of various skill levels gathered at the Crooked Billet in Saxton to take part in the fourth annual Archery competition. Alan Stringer organised a safe, smooth and social event which was rewarded with warm and bright sunshine all day. The efforts of Alan were much appreciated by those [...]

Update on planning permission at The Gallops

We recently learned that conditional planning permission has been granted for the small traveller site on the land known as the Gallops which sits adjacent to the current registered battlefield. The decision is disappointing but not unexpected as Selby District Council have failed over a long period to have an effective plan to deliver sufficient [...]

Heraldry Workshops by Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor, well known in the Society for his Colligraphy and Heraldric Art is running workshops on the subject at our meeting rooms at the Rockingham Arms, Towton. If you would like to learn the art, each workshop will last about 2 hours and can be taken as a set or individually. All welcome, non [...]

Towton Battlefield Walks: 100% on Tripadvisor !

Yes our battlefield has a mention on Tripadvisor, with 21 of 29 reviewers giving the walks a rating of excellent. Our free guided walks usually take place twice a month, starting and finishing at the other great attraction in Towton, the Rockingham Arms pub. Please look under “Events” on this website for dates and times. [...]

The Hammer of the Scots- David Santiuste

David Santiuste , an active supporter of the TBS and Historian has researched and written a new book which may be of interest to members. Its is due to be published later in the month. The link provided will give more details, pre-order information and a promtional price.   The Hammer of the Scots: Edward I [...]

Battle of Stamford Bridge, Guided Walks

Stamford Bridge Battlefield Walks – 2015 The other great battle of 1066. Walks conducted by our friends The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society, they say; “Battlefield walks will take place on the First Sunday of EVERY month during 2015, starting at 11am at the Battle Memorial near the Corn Mill. The walks are dependant on [...]

Tapestry Group Update

Earlier this year members gathered at the TBS rooms at the Rockingham Arms for a ‘stitch and chat’ session about the on-going work on the Towton Tapestry. Members highlighted the challenge of transferring the designs onto the linen and a number of different methods were outlined by members. Frances Perry came up with a solution [...]

Palm Sunday, thankyou to everyone

Palm Sunday has gone for another year and it was a fantastic day. About a thousand people braved the the windy, overcast and muddy day to Commemorate the fallen of Towton. Thankyou to you all. Another big thankyou to all the re-enactors, traders and exhibitors, many who were on site all weekend and camped out [...]

York commemoration events for King Richard III

On March the 26th, in commemorationof the re-internment in Leicester of King Richard III, a number of events will take place in York. All events are open to the public and free, tickets need to be booked for the Guildhall event. • 12.30pm Ricardians will attend the daily Holy Communion at York Minster to mark [...]

Saxton Village Hall refurbished !

The Saxton Village Hall committee have been busy working for the community. They have refurbished the Old Village Hall at Saxton and have transformed it into a perfect venue for meetings, social events and gatherings. In fact the Towton Battlefield Society have our monthly meetings there and certainly appreciate the new comfy chairs and completely [...]

Battle of Towton Commemorative Event 2015
Battle of Towton Commemorative Event 2015

This year Palm Sunday Event will be held on the 29th March 2015, Guided Battlefield Walks will commence from approximately 9.30am and are approximately 4 miles (Warm clothing and stout footwear recommended). With Craft Stalls, Falconry, Archery and Living History camp it will sure to be a good day. Admission is £3 per person under [...]

TBS LIBRARY

Work on the display centre at the Rockingham Arms is proceeding and we now have a small library of books for TBS members to borrow.  Please see the Display Centre page under the Battlefield Tab for more information.

Another TBS member in print!

Martin Tarpey, one of our longest serving members, active for many years and our former Chair has published a superb Childrens book. Take a look, have a read.  Well Done Martin! Jack Pepper and the Whitby Treasure is an exciting contemporary adventure story set in Whitby on the wild Yorkshire coast. Jack and his three [...]

TOWTON TAPESTRY

The Towton Tapestry is a project to record, in various forms of needlecraft, both the history of the Battle of Towton and the work to preserve and promote the battle that is carried out by the TBS, to find out more about the project please see their page on Facebook at Towton Tapestry Group

NEW WEBSITE ON THE WARS OF THE ROSES

Reflections of the Yorkist Realm is a new website created by historian David Santiuste and photographer Rae Tan (both of whom are active members of the Towton Battlefield Society). It features images of places associated with the Yorkist period of English history, together with complementary text. The Yorkist era is best known for the Wars [...]

Award Winning Towton Video

  Towton’s  centrepiece trailer, narrated by Robert Hardy, won an award at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards ceremony on Monday 11th June for “best promotional” video. It faced stiff competition from fellow short-listed entrants but surged to victory in a nail-biting finish. The award went to TBS friend and producer Roger Keech who acknowledges [...]

West Yorkshire Heritage Forum

The West Yorkshire Heritage Forum have been kind enough to showcase TowtonBattlefield Society on their website so we thought we would reciprocate and tell you a little bit about them. Primarily, it is intended to be a meeting place, both physically and on the internet, for all types of groups and individuals who are involved [...]

Walk Towton 1461 – A Visitor Guide to Battle Related Sites

TBS members Helen Cox and Alan Stringer are pleased to announce the publication of their new book “Walk Towton 1461″. In this book you can follow Edward, Earl of March’s campaign from it’s beginnings in the Welsh Marches to the bloodbath that was Towton.   For more details please the the flyer below   Walk [...]