King’s standard bearer at Agincourt to be remembered at battle anniversary event

September 28 2015

THE standard bearer of King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt will be remembered in Wapley, near Yate, when it celebrates its links with Sir John Codrington.

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THE standard bearer of King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt will be remembered in Wapley, near Yate, when it celebrates its links with Sir John Codrington.

A procession to Sir John’s tomb in the village’s St Peter’s Church will launch the event on Sunday, October 25, which is taking place during the 600th anniversary year of the decisive battle.

Wapley Agincourt 600 has been planned for months, with the church at the heart of a programme of activities to remember when English forces defeated a larger French army in 1415.

Knights and men-at-arms in full costume will be at a medieval-style encampment, there will be demonstrations of falconry and archery and visitors will see how mead was produced and stained glass made. 

The procession to the church starts at 10am, with a specially made embroidered cloth being used to dress the tomb of Sir John.

Costumed knights, longbowmen and ladies from the Richard III Society, the Plantagenet Society, the Company of Chivalry and others will then stand as an honour guard at the tomb throughout the day.

One-and-a-half million stitches were needed to complete the cloth, which was designed and made by seamstress Margaret Dutton of Staffordshire, with Bob Pritchard of the Richard III Society researching and embroidering the heraldic shields.

Dodington parish councillor Paul Hulbert said the event had been organised by a committee of local residents and four parish councillors.

He said: “We’ve been researching and planning this for a few months now but the arrival of the magnificent tomb cloth makes it seem real now. We look forward to welcoming local residents of all ages on the day.”

The event will close with an evening service with the Bishop of Bristol, the Right Rev Mike Hill, starting at 6.30pm.