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The group logo is based on an Anglo - Danish carving from Breedon on the Hill (Leicestershire), which was a famous monastic site prior to the Viking invasions and the partition of Mercia.

This hill (the village name actually means, in the various languages of the peoples that have settled the area, 'hill hill on the hill') dominates the skyline for miles around and can be seen from much of our 'land grant'.

For places to visit in the local area connected to our period of interest please go to the
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With the demise of Regia Anglorum's Deoraby Group we now actively cover the whole of Derby and Derbyshire. If you would like further information or to book Cestrefeld for an event please
contact us.

The Land of the King - In Newbold with 6 Berewicks - Old Whittington, Brimington, Tapton, Chesterfield, Boythorpe, Eckington - there are 6 carucates of land and 1 bovate to the geld. land for 6 ploughs. There the king has 16 villans and 2 bordars and 1 slave having 4 ploughs. To this manor belongs 8 acres of meadow. woodland pasture 3 leagues long and three leagues broad. Tempore Regis Edwardi £6; now £10

Extract from the Domesday Book

Cestrefeld is an Early Medieval living history group covering the whole of Derbyshire. We are a member group of the national society Regia Anglorum and take part in a huge variety of national and local shows throughout the year.

We specialise in recreating the period 850 to 1066 (from around the birth of King Alfred to the Norman Invasion), the later part of what is traditionally called the Dark Ages or the Viking Age, and have members portraying roles from all walks of life. We can however portray people from the early Saxon period through to the 1200s. This was a period of intense rivalry and drama as the modern countries of Britain were forged in blood and steel by Britons, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Anglo Saxon and Viking Derbyshire was borderland between what was left of the ancient Anglo Saxon realm of Mercia and what became the Danelaw; the region settled by Viking raiders and farmers, where Viking (or 'Danish') law was followed. Derby was one of the 'Five Boroughs' of the Danelaw, the others being Nottingham, Leicester, Stamford and Lincoln.

Our group name is the Anglo Saxon for Chesterfield (it should be pronounced Chestrevelt, as far as we can tell!). This name comes from the fort that the Romans built around 70AD (caester in Old English). Derby is a Viking name, Deoraby (possibly meaning 'village of the deer' although modern opinion is moving towards it being a corruption of the Roman name Derventio). Before the Vikings invaded Derby was known by the Anglo-Saxons as Northworthy.

Cestrefeld's members have appeared at local museums, schools (as part of the National Curriculum KS2: Invaders and Settlers), and many other local events. They have also appeared in programs for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic. We pride ourselves on our attention to authenticity and focus on educating people about the period as well, of course, as offering fantastic entertainment. Cestrefeld currently has around 70 members, and we are always on the look out for more.

The group has regular training sessions near Derby, as well as 'Hearth' nights (an excuse to visit a pub), group Banquets and kit making sessions. We also have a members only group forum where ideas and information can be passed around. If you are interested in joining or in booking Cestrefeld for an event please contact us or come along to one of the events listed to get more details. At our shows as well as battle recreations we demonstrate various crafts, some of which the public can try for themselves, such as butter making, grinding flour and making an Anglo-Saxon coin.

Nationally as well as the major shows Regia Anglorum has much to offer its members. There are maritime events using our 5 authentic longboats and ships, which any member can get involved with. Regia Anglorum also have a permanent site in Kent, Wychurst, where through the hard work of its members the society is recreating a Saxon Thegn's residence. Cestrefeld have held our annual banquet there in the past, a unique experience.

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Regia Anglorum - Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman and British Living History

Regia Anglorum was a term used by early English writers to describe the English state. It means 'The Kingdoms of the English'. In a twenty first century context Regia Anglorum is an international society with many independent local groups in the UK, from Scotland to the south coast. If you aren't local to Cestrefeld's area please visit the Regia Anglorum website to find your local group.