Brecon’s involvement with the battle of Agincourt has been brought to life at Brecon Cathedral in commemoration of the important contribution the men of Brecon made to the famous battle fought in France 600 years ago . Working with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, new interpretation has been created which includes a virtual Agincourt Archer.
The project is part of the Agincourt 600 Wales Legacy project and was supported by the Agincourt 600 Commemorative Fund to remember the stories of local men who fought in the battle and to show the significant contribution they made to the Agincourt story. The newly created leaflets and hand held information paddles are now available in the Cathedral for visitors to take a self-guided journey to discover the stories behind the commemorative pieces.
The pieces include a beautiful, stained glass window, high above the Cathedral floor showing Roger Vaughan, a Welsh nobleman from Tretower who died fighting in 1415 and a sharpening stone said to have been used by bowmen to sharpen their arrows. Visitors can also see the names of the Archers of Brecon who went to battle on a replica indenture (a contract listing the men and boys who were sent to war) and listen to the virtual archer as he prepares his bow and arrows and talks to visitors about the forthcoming battle.
Suzanna Jones, Interpretation Officer at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said, “Brecon played an important part in the Battle of Agincourt and is one of eight sites across Breconshire, Monmouthshire and the Forest of Dean that form the new ‘The Agincourt Wales Trail’. We wanted to celebrate this by telling the story to both locals and visitors alike and interpreting the Cathedral’s existing collection was a fantastic opportunity to do this. We think everyone – especially younger visitors- will enjoy meeting the archer that comes to life via an ipad .”
The Dean of Brecon Cathedral, Dean Shackerley added, “We’re delighted to be involved in this project and we are looking forward to welcoming more visitors interested in finding out about the Cathedral and its historical links to the battle of Agincourt.”