Viking Incursion Re-enactment

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Date(s) - 30/06/2018
10:00 am-4:00 pm

St. Wystan's Church


Repton Village History Group are hosting a small Viking incursion – the first since that time in 874AD when they left the place a bit of a mess. Then, they used St Wystan’s as a fortified gateway in a defensive ditch, destroyed the Benedictine Monastery and exiled King Burgred.

There will be a small Viking settlement of re-enactors camping on the Mitre Field in Repton from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday June 30th and there will be the opportunity to meet them, talk about their lives and possessions, to watch facsimile artefacts being made, take part in some real test pit archaeology, have a go at some geophysics and join guided historical tours of the ancient core of Repton. There is no charge for this.

Most activities will run for much of the day except a Holmgang, grinding and baking bread,  metal casting and guided tours. Times for these will be sorted out on the day and publicised on site.

Modern Refreshments will also be available.

But WATCH OUT ! – there may also be occasional skirmishes with local Anglo-Saxons or rival Vikings.

A talk by Dr Cat Jarman on this year’s Repton Dig and her ongoing research work – St Wystan’s Church at 4.30pm. (£3 admission)

Compared with the history of St Wystan’s Church (some 1300 years), the Vikings in Repton (1 winter) are a mere flash in the pan, but an exciting one.

Further information: or 01283 702448

Bryan Smith

Bryan is the editor of Ticknall Life community magazine.

Bryan Smith
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