The Cloth of Gold Field Archery Club was formed in 1976 when a number of members of a Target club based in East London decided to concentrate on Field Archery. They needed to find a suitable name for their newly-formed club, and the area of woodland they found to serve as their club ground gave them the inspiration.
One of the founder members, Gordon Mellor, had a keen interest in history and knew that the land was once part of the great Enfield Chase, a vast area of forest used in the distant past as a Royal hunting ground. It was also a popular hideout for outlaws and the ghost of Dick Turpin is said to haunt part of The Chase. At just half a day ride from the City of London, it was Henry VIIIÂ´s favourite haunt too. He loved the area so much that he enclosed several acres within walls and stocked it with deer to provide excellent hunting for himself and his friends.
Given the areaÂ´s links with Henry, Gordon suggested the club be called The Cloth of Gold. The name refers to a luxurious fabric popular with royalty that was used for clothing or as a ceremonial cloth to form a canopy above a throne. It was made by weaving strands of real gold amongst more traditional threads such as silk.
Henry VIII is particularly associated with Cloth of Gold because of an Anglo-French summit held in 1520 when the French and English courts, each numbering some 5000 members, set up lavish camps in the fields outside Calais while Henry and the French King considered the possibility of forming an alliance.
The young kings were long-standing personal and political rivals and each was determined to out-do the other in displaying their wealth and importance. Their tented camps included vast pavilions designed to serve as halls and chapels, swathed in Cloth of Gold and hung with rich tapestries. As a result, the summit became known as The Field of the Cloth of Gold.
Unfortunately, at Christmas 2008, the club was asked by Enfield council to quit Archers Wood, after Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was granted permission to develop the approach fields into a Football Academy.
After 2 years of searching, the club has now found a new location at:
Red Lion Lane,
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