Medieval costume course in Aldborough

Black Knight Historical costumier Molly Housego helping Michelle Gardiner into a medieval hood and t

Black Knight Historical costumier Molly Housego helping Michelle Gardiner into a medieval hood and tunic at a costume-making workshop organised as part of a year-long string of events commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

History enthusiasts had a chance to create their own medieval garb, at a costume-making workshop.

The event was organised as part of a busy year commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt - and the part Norfolk hero Sir Thomas Erpingham played in winning victory against the French for King Henry V.

Held in Aldborough church room, the two-day workshop was run by costumier Molly Housego of the Norfolk-based Black Knight Historical living history group.

As well as designing and making their own costumes, those taking part had a chance to try on authentic reproduction 14th century outfits – from the drab tunics and hoods worn by working people, to a pair of pointy-toed leather shoes donned by more upper class folk and a silk and velvet surcoat and jupon fit for a king.

Organised by Erpingham Parochial Church Council, the year-long celebration kicked off in April with an archaeological dig at the site of Sir Thomas Erpingham's manor house in a field near the village hall.

It will culminate with a medieval spectacular featuring battling knights, minstrels, archery, stalls and a village encampment, followed, on October 25, by commemoration service on the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, when the Bishop of Norwich will preach in St Mary's Church, Erpingham.

Parochial church council member Helen Burrell, who is chairman of a specially-formed events committee, said Sir Thomas was Erpingham's 'hero on a level with Nelson'.

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'We wanted to commemorate his achievements as we felt he was an historical figure who should be much better-known, so this was a good way of giving him a higher profile,' she added.

Proceeds from the year's celebration will go towards an appeal to install toilets and a kitchen at Erpingham church.