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New Owner, Updated Website

Lancaster Armoury Limited is now owned by Matthew Finchen, who accquired the business from the Lankford family and the estate of the late Roger Lankford. Matt is a young professional armourer who has been trading under the banner of Avant Armouries. Lancaster Armoury now incorporates Avant Armouries.Example content image using the class .alignright

Whilst Avant Armouries will continue to address the specific needs of customised armour for individual collectors and re-enactors including jousters, Lancaster Armoury is being rebuilt around Roger's ethos of standard products which can be adapted with specific part combinations depending on the period. Given Rogerís prolonged periods of illness he chose to stop making armour and focused his attention on the supply of swords for full contact re-enactments and international practitioners of Escrima. The range of edged weapon products available covered everything from the Bronze age to the 16th Century and it will take time for Matt to bring the entire product range back into production. Those items available now are listed for sale on this website, subject to stock availability.

Some of Rogerís UK based suppliers have chosen to focus their attention on new markets and this has meant that Matt has been busy sourcing alternative UK sources of supply to match Rogers demanding material and quality specifications. It will take the rest of 2017 and into 2018 before the entire range will be available once more. New products were also being developed by Roger and it is proposed to bring these to the market in the same timescales. Please visit often as well as following us on Facebook and look for new products as and when they are launched.

Arms & Armour from throughout the agesÖ

There are major changes to the armour available from Lancaster Armoury, whilst the only thing that remains constant will be the LA armourers mark on the new products. This stamp represents a badge of quality for practical and authentic period armour suitable for use on the re-enactment battlefield. Some of these are already on the field so to speak and are available for order now.

This year we have traded at Tewkesbury 2017 and our next event will be trading at Caldicot on the 16th/17th September 2017.

The one thing that has not changed is the company's marketing policy, it was and remains a simple statement:

“If you are pleased with what we’ve made you – please tell every one. If you are not! Please tell us so we can correct our mistakes”