About Us

•09/11/2011 • 2 Comments

Skipton Castle with the Red Wyvern Society in 2008

North Lakes Historical Fencing Society is a collection of like minded enthusiasts who are dedicated to understanding and practicing the historical martial arts of Western Europe. We base our training on the evidence of these fighting systems left to us by the 14th and 15th Century medieval masters themselves, such as Johannes Liechtenauer, Fiore-dei-Liberi, Paulus Kal, Hans Tallhoffer and others. We also study the unattributed sword and buckler treatise known simply as MS-I-33.

The works of these historical masters are cryptically written since they were designed not to advertise their secret craft too openly. Therefore our training is based upon the works of recent scholars who have interpreted these old texts for us. In particular we currently use: 

v     Fighting With The German Longsword/ In The Service Of The Duke/ In Saint Georges Name ; Christian Tobler

v     Sword In Two Hands; Brian R Price 

v     The Fighting Man’s Guide To German Longsword Combat; Michael Thomas

v     The Swordsmans Companion; Guy Windsor

v     The Medieval Art Of Swordsmanship; Dr Jeffery Forgeng 

v     Medieval Combat (Hans Tallhoffer); Mark Rector

Our source material is continually expanding and we openly encourage (and thoroughly enjoy) debating (and trying!) new historical techniques as they are revealed to us by our or other peoples studies.

North Lakes Historical Fencing Society was founded in 2006 by Nathan Williams, a very fine fellow and worthy swordsman.

We meet in Cockermouth,Cumbria at the Kirkgate Centre on the first and third Sunday of each month.

So, if you are over 16 years old, interested in joining us in discovering our forgotten European martial arts, then come along to a training session to meet us and see first hand what we are all about.

Appleby Training January and February

•17/01/2020 • Leave a Comment

Appleby Training
17th Jan
Another session on Sabre to be led by Martin.
We will continue with sabre for
31st Jan – new date secured. – sabre
7th Feb – sabre
14th Feb – sparring session – long sword and sabre –

March return to normal

Sunday 5th and 19th January 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•31/12/2019 • Leave a Comment

Happy New Year!
First session back is traditionally sparring / bring your toys.
Back to Harleian on 19th…

Sunday 1st and 15th December, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•30/11/2019 • Leave a Comment

Sorry for late posting…

Sunday 1st December will be working on the Harleian continuing to make sense out of Section 3.

Sunday 15th December will be our usual “bring your toys” sparring night followed by a swift-half in the Bitter End.

Appleby Training November and December

•04/11/2019 • Leave a Comment

We have the hall on the 8,15and 22nd November

In December we have the Appleby hub hall for 2 weeks only 6&20th due to an event.

Sunday 3rd and 17th November, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•02/11/2019 • Leave a Comment

Sunday 3rd will be Harleian Manuscript trying to make our way through the third section.

Sunday 17th isn’t certain yet since the Kirkgate are holding an open day on the 16th/17th and it is Cockermouth lights switch-on on the 17th.
I’ll be in touch with further details about the open day. Currently it looks like we will have a stand all day Saturday and possibly Sunday, this might be a good opportunity to gather more members.

Update for Sunday 17th.
Kirkgate Centre would like us to support their open day by providing a talk + demonstration of what we do from 15:00 to 16:00 on Sunday, afterwards we will have our usual training session (hopefully we pick up a few new members!). So if anyone can support this by helping me with the demonstration that would be grand. Let me know that you can make it and bring your usual equipment for training. There is no requirement for re-enactment style gear. We will need to be at the Kirkgate for around 14:30.

Sunday 6th and 20th October, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•05/10/2019 • Leave a Comment

Harleian Manuscript both sessions.
See you there.

Appleby Friday 6th September 19:00 to 21:00

•04/09/2019 • Leave a Comment

A gentle reminder of the fundamentals of the English sword play- with some light sparring
To get us back into the flow.