Towton Battlefield Society has a worthy and important remit - to preserve and promote the battlefield and archaeological heritage of Towton - which it does in all sorts of ways:
Monthly General Meetings, with high-calibre guest speakers
Monthly news reports by the Chairman, Chris Berendt
Annual Palm Sunday Battle of Towton Commemoration: guided walks of the Battlefield Trail leaving from the Barn, Old London Road, Towton LS24 9PB on the hour from 9.30 am; TBS information/sales stand and Towton Tapestry Group display in the barn.
Summer Trips and Special Guided Walks
Longbow Archery Training - every third Sunday of the month at The Crooked Billet
Demonstrations and events by the affiliated Frei Compagnie Re-enactors
News, articles and reviews in our newsletter, The Towton Herald
Supporting and disseminating archaeological and historical research
Selling Towton-related publications and TBS merchandise
It's a great society to be part of, with interesting activities all year round - for more information, including the Events Calendar and a downloadable joining form, check out the Society website (featuring a background of hubcap, the iconic Towton archer)!
Rockingham Arms - Main Street, Towton LS24 9PB; tel. 01937 530948
The Rockingham Arms in Towton (right) changed management in early 2017, and the first floor rooms are no longer a venue for the Society's resource centre - but the food is still great, so it's still well worth a visit if you're walking the Battlefield Trail!
Towton Battlefield Trail: Thanks to the landowning Verity family, Rural England and the Royal Armouries, visitors can now walk a trail round the entire battlefield, free of charge, at any time of year - aided by a series of 10 magnificent display boards situated at key points (like Bloody Meadow and Dacre's Cross on the B1217). The boards feature battlefield maps, superb photographs of arms and armour from the Royal Armouries' collections, artwork by the famous Wars of the Roses artist Graham Turner, and detailed information about the course of the battle (the picture on the right shows Board 10, 'The Village' on Old London Road). The lay-by at Dacre's Cross has been extended to allow more visitors to leave their cars safely while they walk the full trail or take the short, wheelchair-accessible walk from the monument to Bloody Meadow. And to help interpret your visit, the new TBS Battlefield Map showing the trail has now been launched, with the last few old maps (still packed with good information) being sold off at the bargain price of £1 (both available to order through the TBS website).
Alternatively, you can buy a copy of Walk Towton 1461, which gives a potted history of the battle (including the preceding encounters at Mortimer's Cross, St Albans and Ferrybridge) as well as full details of the battlefield walk.
Or if you prefer to have a human guide, TBS members lead two walks round the Battlefield Trail, typically on the second and fourth Sundays of the month - check out the TBS website or Facebook page for further details.
New Exclusive Merchandise: The late Roger Keech, producer of the well-received BBC documentary Towton 1461, made a 'director's cut' DVD of the programme, featuring additional footage and an accompanying 4-page leaflet. The DVD, which costs £9.99 for TBS members, went on sale at the Palm Sunday event in 2011, and is now available at TBS events. Roger also very kindly supplied TBS with a stock of high-quality, blank greeting cards featuring one of his fabulous moody photographs of the lone burr-tree on Towton plateau. These are on sale at £1.50 per card or 4 for £5, and the image is also available as a card-mounted A4 print, ready for framing.
Meanwhile if you'd like to view Roger's annotated 360-degree panorama of Towton battlefield from Bloody Meadow, click here!
For other TBS merchandise - publications, mugs, T-shirts, cloth and enamel badges, heraldic postcards, battlefield maps and novelty arrow pens - check out the website or buy direct from the stall at our meetings and events!
Above: the Society's late Patron, Robert Hardy, addressing the crowd at the memorial service for our 550th Anniversary Commemoration on Palm Sunday, April 17th 2011
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TBS Battle of Towton Commemoration on Palm Sunday , April 1st, 2012, by David & Lynne Skillen