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Monday, 9th October, 10:15 am - 3:00 pm

Salisbury Branch: The Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms with James Stopford

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On Monday, 9 October, Salisbury and Wiltshire branch of the ESU are joined by James Stopford to hear more about the history of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms.

The Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms was first formed in 1509 during the turbulent years of Henry VIII to act as a mounted escort to protect the sovereign. The Corps was present as part of the King’s entourage at the Field of Cloth in 1520. Over time they became a dismounted Body Guard armed with poleaxes, which they still carry today on ceremonial occasions. The Corps last saw active service during the English Civil Wars at the Battle of Edgehill (1642).

We will hear more of its colourful history, its role as The Nearest Guard and how it helped honour and say farewell to our Late Queen and stood to arms at our King’s Coronation.

To book your place please contact the Luncheon Secretary – Julia Tibbs. Tel, 01722 325552 or e-mail,

Guests are welcome to arrive from 10.15am for coffee, followed by the lecture and then lunch.


Monday, 9th October
10:15 am - 3:00 pm


Salisbury and Wiltshire branch
01722 325552

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White Hart Hotel
1 St John's Street
Salisbury, England SP1 2SD United Kingdom
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