The British Federation for Historical Swordplay

Club Name
Wessex School of Arms
Geographic Area


The Wessex School of Arms specialises in the historical martial arts of England with a particular focus on the works of George Silver (covering backsword, quarterstaff, sword and dagger, sword and buckler, two hand sword and dagger fighting) and on applying the techniques of Classical Pugilism to modern day self-defence. We currently run classes in Avebury, Bath and Marlborough and welcome new students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Weapons and Systems Taught

  • Backsword
  • Quarterstaff
  • Sword and dagger
  • Sword and buckler
  • Two hand sword
  • Dagger

Latest News

BFHS Position Regarding Scottish HEMA Controversy

The bellow is a message from the President of the BFHS, Martin¬†Dougherty: BFHS Position Regarding Scottish HEMA Controversy¬† This matter was brought to my attention some time ago by some […]

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Autumn Exchange 2016

Autumn Exchange 2016 took place over the weekend of 19th-20th November, and was hosted by Wolfshead School of Western Martial Arts in Lincoln. Originally there had been two other plans […]

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