Successful Medieval Spectacular in Erpingham to celebrate Norfolk Battle of Agincourt hero

Medieval spectacular at Erpingham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and

Medieval spectacular at Erpingham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and Sir Thomas Erpingham. Ian Pycroft as Sir Thomas Erpingham and Jed Jaggard as a squire/archer.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A rural community was taken back to the medieval era to celebrate the battlefield heroism of a Norfolk archer.

Medieval spectacular at Erpingham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and

Medieval spectacular at Erpingham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and Sir Thomas Erpingham. Ian Pycroft as Sir Thomas Erpingham and Jed Jaggard as a squire/archer.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Children and adults flocked to Erpingham, near Cromer, this weekend for the Medieval Spectacular.

It was a culmination of year-long events highlighting the life of Sir Thomas Erpingham, who lived in the north Norfolk village and played a key role in the Battle of Agincourt 600 years ago.

Sir Thomas, who died in 1428, was commander of Henry V's longbow archers, and his success on the battlefield earned him titles and estates.

Helen Burrell, Erpingham events committee chairman, said: 'We believe Sir Thomas should be as famous as Lord Horatio Nelson. If it hadn't have been for Sir Thomas, King Henry V would have been killed in the Battle of Agincourt.

Medieval spectacular at Erpingham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and

Medieval spectacular at Erpingham to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and Sir Thomas Erpingham. Ian Pycroft as Sir Thomas Erpingham and Jed Jaggard as a squire/archer.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE


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'People have been so interested in Sir Thomas. The support for events has been phenomenal. It has brought the village together.'

Previous events included an archaeological dig at the site of the former Erpingham home where Sir Thomas lived and a tapestry being made depicting the hero.

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Jonathon Gould, 42, from North Walsham, described the Medieval Spectacular as impressive.

Highlights included a knight fight and long bow archery show.

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