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 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.

Sunday 1st and 14th September, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•29/08/2019 • Leave a Comment

First session back will be controlled sparring and basics to get us back into the habit after summer…then back to Harleian manuscript part three.

Sunday 7th and 21st July, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•06/07/2019 • Leave a Comment

Sunday 7th, Harleian M/s

Sunday 21st is traditionally our last before we break in August until first Sunday in September. So will be a sparring/toys session followed by a swift half in the Bitter End.

Sunday 2nd and 16th June, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•31/05/2019 • Leave a Comment

Sunday 2nd Harleian M/S 3rd section
Sunday 16th about time we had a sparring/bring your toys session.

See you there.

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

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Sorry for late notice…
Both sessions will be concentrating on Harleian m/s and probably slow speed sparring to build technique.

Sunday 14th April, 17:00 to 19:30 ish

•02/04/2019 • Leave a Comment

Due to the hall not being available to us the only training date in April is Sunday 14th.
It’ll be a bring your toys session…

See you there.

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

•01/03/2019 • Leave a Comment

Harleian M/S both sessions as we continue getting back to basics and developing our interpretation of Part 3.
In April we will only have one session due to room availability issues, this will be 14th April and will be a ‘bring your toys’ session.