The Wychurst Anglo-Saxon Hall Erection Project continues August 2003
- Photos of the recent continuation of work on Regia Anglorum's
Wychurst Hall in England:
The roof framing is being made and wall supports are going up.
Mud is being mixed for the eventual wattle and daub walling.
There is a pottery furnace already on site. Also a garden
or two with wicker woven fences.
The Wychurst introduction page: http://www.wychurst.org/ 7/03
Wychurst is near Wildwood Wildlife Park between
Herne Bay and Canterbury in England.
This is is right next to a Scout Camp.
Does this sound close to ideal or what?
Well I suppose there should be a river or coast
fronting it. ;) One does what one can afford to.
Many of your European ancestors probably lived in, or near,
such a site at some time during the Dark Ages or
early medieval period.
As Regia members do hundreds of school demonstrations yearly
throughout England and Scotland this should turn into
something grand for kids to visit. Learning their country's
history is a required part of British school regimen.
There has been an explosion of both books and reenactment
groups around the world concerned with the Ancient,
Medieval, and Renaissance periods in the last few decades.
Regia Anglorum members use authentic costume, armor and
dulled steel weapons. Their kit's time period changes
according to the sites they hold events on or participate
in Living History events with multiple other groups, of
which they are consistently judged one of the most authentic
to their time period. They are regularly involved in
historical film projects for a fee and they own several
ships and boats of the period.
A couple of the Regia group leaders have been imported to
attend the SCA's Pennsic Wars. The North American members
try to meet at Pennsic and want to hold fighter practices
near there (dulled steel weapons and all). The North
American Regia branch started at Pennsic three years ago.
For more information about Regia: http://www.regia.org/
There are a lot of interesting articles there.
The North American Branch has members already
in a number of states and Canada. Regia has actual
authenticity officers, and at least one archaeologist,
and several authors of period books and site reports.
The peoples covered within Regia's membership are the
Vikings, Cymru [Welsh], later Anglo-Saxons, Scots, and Normans.
There is a North American list available for interested
people. You -do not have to be- a Regia member to be on it
like you do the main European Regia list.
Becoming a Regia member is less expensive membership-wise
than also being an SCA member. Their quarterly goes with
membership as opposed to now paying extra for it like
Tournaments Illuminated now. *You can do both you know.*
However you can learn a lot from the NA elist.
Once you are a North American Regia MEMBER there are
three more lists including the British one. [The other
two are for administrative uses of the North American group.]
The SCA members I know on the NA Regia list and the
European Regia members get along very well, and many
of the SCA members are well versed in many period
subjects as are the Regia members in Europe. Many of
the principal Regia members are on the NA list.
We learn from each other. As there are far more SCA in the
world and many of the more early period active members
participate in discussions with Regia both sides learn.
The SCA has more article writers and researchers, largely
because of the relative scale of the SCA's approximately
75,000 (including non-membership paying participants)
compared to about 800 Regia members who must be paid up.
But they live surrounded by artefacts, flora and fauna
of their past which those of us in North America have
little access to.
If the North American Regia list interests you get in
touch with Tom Sweeting. tgs@...
Tom has the Impedimenta booth at Pennsic.
Older Wychurst work sessions, film shootings, and demos at:
You can also see shots of other period long halls here.
Kim Siddorn, the head of Regia, is unmistakable with
the big white beard and long hair. What Santa does in
his off-season. :) [I may get killed for that one.]
Another site where there are images of the progress
of the project at Wychurst can be seen at:
It should be noted that Regia is accomplishing all this
with a fraction of the people that most SCA Kingdoms,
and some of the larger baronies have. They are spread
all over Great Britain as well. Eventually
they hope to erect a Viking style hall in the north
of Great Britain as well. The Anglo-Saxon one is
approximately styled to 1000 AD. You may notice that
it is a fortified site and they are already planting
period gardens. Doing something like this is not only
a neat period thing to do, it's creating living history
and leaving a legacy to pass on when we are gone for
succeeding generations to use and see.
As the SCA grows in membership, larger sized event
sites are going to get harder to find and cost more.
We will be, and are, competing with other groups to
rent them. Locally we have to schedule a year ahead.
It would not be unreasonable to do much the same
thing as to buying land and erecting buildings
in various large kingdoms and baronies within the SCA.
I have heard of a Kingdom site fund in the West Kingdom,
and that an SCA affiliated group near Denver has been holding
weekly Bingo Sessions for the last five years to buy
one privately and almost has the money. If you build it
they will come, and you could have regular workshops for
many things there and rent it out for weddings, other
civil groups events, etc. It makes sense to pay yourselves
those large amounts for site rentals and have the necessary
materials for your own events always on your own site
whose schedule you manage.
Heck, throw your own Medieval and Renaissance Faires.
We have three in North Carolina and the biggest runs
eight weekends. Not as big as some SCA wars but money
is where you find it...
Have you ever considered how much money the larger SCA
wars take in? This year Pennsic was 12,300 people or
more, each paying at least $70 to get on site and a
lot more to camp longer periods. Sure, services cost
money such as trash pickup, security, and portajohns.
As many of the different states' school years get longer
fewer families can travel to Pennsic, and many large
ones probably cannot afford to at all. When I first went
to Pennsic 19 years ago there were three battlefields and
the woods. Now there is part of the woods and one large
battlefield left. It's a half mile or more to your car's
parking lot. ;) I've been to Pennsic four times myself.
Pennsic has nearly quadrupled in 19 years in attendance,
and meanwhile there are more regional wars like Lillies
and the Gulf Wars. Estrella was already being held.
The SCA has a broad cross-section of the educated
people in the world and a lot of professional soldiers
and their families. Surely doing similar things would
not be unreasonable. Good investments these days are
hard to find and the money markets pay 2%. Meanwhile
loans have rarely been lower. The price of real estate
will go up. That is a limited commodity in demand in
By comparison our own home has appreciated about 70%
in the last 13 years in valuation. Barring catastrophe
how could you lose if you intend to keep living in the
area? [Assuming you might live that long.]
I would not advocate that The SCA, Inc. own and run the
event sites. I am recommending that individuals come
together to incorporate and accomplish something
Master Magnus, OL, Barony of Windmasters' Hill [SCA],
Regia Anglorum, Manx, Great Dark Horde
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