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Pete Lawton: “The English Longbow” – Monday 11 September 2017, 7.30


We’re going a little further back in time than usual for our first indoor meeting of the new season – and it promises to be a fascinating evening.

Behind every battle in history was a highly supportive industry. They not only produced the arms and armour for use in the field, they followed the army working behind the battlefront, replacing weapons, building and repairing armour, replacing shafts and blades. They included blacksmiths, sheet metalworkers, sawyers, leatherworkers, and many other trades. Not least they produced the latest weapons, of which the English longbow was a devastating example. See the equipment, hear the history, think again about the massive industry that was behind every army in history – sometimes numbering more than the number of fighters.

St. Thomas’ Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield
Visitors welcome, £2 on the door, more details on our website