Celebrating a victorious day – then and now

The Sir John Savile's Household group
The Sir John Savile's Household group

Beverley turned the clocks back 600 years over the weekend to celebrate one of England’s greatest military triumphs.

On St Crispin’s Day, October 25, 1415, King Henry V’s army defeated a much larger French army at the battle of Agincourt against huge odds.

Among the many standards on the muddy and bloody battlefield was that of St John of Beverley and on his return King Henry made the pilgrimage to Beverley Minster to give thanks at the saint’s tomb.

The weekend, organised by Beverley town council, proved to be a huge success with the town having a buzz around the place.

Town clerk Helen Watson said: “It was really busy. A lot of people have worked hard to make sure we can do this and it has proved to be fantastic.”

The three- day event started on Friday with a medieval banquet with entertainment inside the Minster. A meal of soup, meat platter and a fruit tart were on the menu thanks to the help of Beverley businesses Vanessa’s, Walkers and East Riding College catering students.

“It was important to us to be able to create an event such as this with the help of local businesses and to have that community spirit feel to things,” said Helen.

Saturday at St Mary’s Church was a chance to learn more about Beverley’s sacred links to the battle with the re-enactment groups.

Sunday, at Beverley Guildhall, was a Medieval Living History Day followed by a medieval procession with standards created by local junior school children from Saturday Market to the Minster for a service to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

Re-enactment groups, Knights of Skirbeck from Lincolnshire, Knights of Battle Medieval Society from Sheffield and Sir John Savile’s Household Living History and Re-enactment Society from Barnsley made the trip north to inform the public of the history behind Beverley’s link to the Battle of Agincourt.

Helen said: “The medieval acts were excellent. They were very interactive and were able to explain to people really well about the battle and they really looked the part.

“The town council would like the re-enactment groups and to everyone else who supported the event in any way.”

See this week’s paper for more pictures from the event.