Agincourt remembered at anniversary event in Wapley

November 03 2015

MORE than 900 visitors marked the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt with a medieval day at St Peter’s Church, Wapley.

MORE than 900 visitors marked the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt with a medieval day at St Peter’s Church, Wapley.
The free event was organised by members of the parochial church council and Dodington Parish Council to celebrate a local connection with Agincourt, where English and Welsh forces under King Henry V defeated a larger French army in 1415.
The tomb of Sir John Codrington, standard-bearer to Henry V at the battle, is in the church and a procession saw the king’s royal standard being paraded into St Peter’s before a specially embroidered cloth was laid on the tomb.
An honour guard of re-enactors from the Company of Chivalry, the Richard III Society and others then stood over the tomb throughout the day.
Councillor Paul Hulbert, part of the organising team, said: “The event far exceeded my expectations. We were particularly pleased to see so many children and young people visiting.”
Archery, bellringing and a demonstration of medieval combat were among the attractions, while a service led by the Bishop of Bristol, the Right Rev Mike Hill, was dedicated to the fallen of all wars. Members of the Codrington family were among those at the service.