Sandwich 1457

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 commemorating 550 years since the siege of Sandwich, Kent

In the summer of 2007, BASH created a series of events to commemorate
the 1457 siege of Sandwich, an attack which changed the face of the town.

The events were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Pfizer Ltd, Awards For All and other local supporters.

Events on the programme included a series of open lectures on medieval culture, an exhibition on the siege
and 15th century life in the town, and a three day medieval fair over the August Bank Holiday.

Workshops were held during the summer in the run-up to the main programme.

view panoramic images of some of the 1457 events courtesy of Anthony Seminara



1457 Programme Highlights


a rarely performed mystery play especially produced for the 1457 celebrations
performed by Passamezzo & The Lion's Part
directed by Callum Coates

The Dufay Collective

the internationally renowned group performed
'The Art of Minstrelsy'
a diverse programme of early music
in the stunning setting of St Mary's Church

Pageant & Procession

the largest civic gathering in the country during 2007: dignitaries from the South East and Honfleur joined giants, musicians, riders and foot soldiers in a procession through the streets of Sandwich

Medieval Mayhem Fair

three days of living history, combat demonstrations, crafts, puppetry, storytelling, food and drink, opened by the sounding of the town's ancient ceremonial moot horn

1457 Exhibition

a weekend exhibition in the Guildhall, including artefacts, medieval food tasting, reconstruction costume, interactive exhibits and a specially created animated film on the siege of Sandwich






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The Dufay Collective in concert

Everyman Mystery Play

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1457 lecture series

15th century costume notes


The Siege of Sandwich

August 1457

The men of Honfleur attacked Sandwich during the early hours on 28th August 1457.

Fighting continued for several days and the town was sacked. Despite assistance from the longbowmen of Rye many townspeople were killed, including the mayor John Drury.

Since this event, the mayor of Sandwich has worn black robes as a sign of mourning for his predecessor.

Amity has long been restored with Honfleur, which is now twinned with Sandwich. Representatives from Honfleur and the Cinque Ports attended the 550th anniversary events, walking in procession through the town as part of the 1457 pageant.

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