Towton Battlefield Society's affiliated re-enactment group, the Frei Compagnie, was founded in 2007 to act as the Society's 'medieval face'.

 

Our remit is to support the Society's battlefield promotion and interpretive work by showing TBS members and the wider public how people lived at the time of Towton: what they wore, what they ate, how they fought and how they passed their time. We do this by wearing period costume and using replica equipment based on medieval illustrations, documents and archaeological finds; many of the items we make ourselves from materials common at the time (like wool, linen and leather for clothing), or buy from specialist craftsmen at re-enactment markets.

 

We have a strong military interest thanks to the Towton connection - most Frei Compagnie members shoot the English longbow, and some also have sword skills gained through the European Historical Combat Guild. So there are plenty of soldiers among us - luckily we also have a doctor to minister to our wounds!

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                Frei Compagnie members at Monk Fryston Gala

Since the Frei Compagnie was founded, we have supported the Society's Battle of Towton Commemoration every Palm Sunday. We also appear at open days, put on archery, sword and gunnery demonstrations for members - and our rather shambolic mummers plays have become something of a tradition at the Christmas meeting!

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Frei Compagnie kitchen at Towton              Arming the Knight at a TBS summer meeting       Performing 'The Poor Man Pays for All'

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Aside from our 'in-house' activities, the Frei Compagnie also promotes the Society's charitable and educational ethos by supporting local community events and good causes. So you'll often find us at school galas, village fetes and fundraisers for historic sites like Kirkby Wharfe Church and St Mary's Chapel at Lead - often accompanied by non-re-enactor members running the TBS stall. This is partly so that all Society members can join in the fun of events even if they don't want to get into costume - and partly to emphasise to visitors that TBS is an historical society, not just a re-enactment group! And of course, sometimes we're just plain silly... as shown by the pictures below.

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Frei Compagnie gun crew! Dean tries (and fails) to load a post-medieval                     Two doughty knights preparing to joust at our

artillery piece at one of our favourite venues, the fabulously quirky Fort                      wedding in 2007

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Frei Compagnie Events 2019:

 

February 10th Sunday: Tadcaster Heritage Day

April 13th: Battlefield Walks – Towton

April 21st Sunday: St Georges’ Day Parade, Morley

May 18th Saturday: Sherburn Gala

May 19th Sunday: Hope Pastures. Leeds

June 16th Sunday: Selby Fun Day. TBC

June 22nd Saturday: Stutton Fete. TBC

June 29th Saturday: Kirkby Wharfe Fete

July 6th Saturday: Pennine Camphill Community, Wakefield

July 20 –21st Saturday & Sunday: Murton Park

August 24 – 25: Craft & Food Fair, Sherburn in Elmet.

September 7th Saturday: Heritage Day, Methley St Oswald's

 

 

 

 

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