Archery butts


Archery butts

An archery butts is an archery practice field, with mounds of earth used for the targets. The name originally referred to the targets themselves, but over time came to mean the platforms that held the targets as well. In medieval times, it was compulsory for all yeoman in England to learn archery.For example, ‘The Butts’, in Alton, Hampshire, was an area for training archers in the Middle Ages.

Butts can also be used for a rifle range.

See also

* Newington Butts, south London
* Butts Centre, Reading, Berkshire

External links

* [http://www.eng-h.gov.uk/mpp/mcd/butts.htm Archery butts] including a [http://www.eng-h.gov.uk/mpp/mcd/sub/butts1.htm definition]
* [http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/help/help.asp?code=BTThes/a/68831.htm Archery butts definition]
* [http://www.fromoldbooks.org/OldEngland/pages/1375-Shooting-at-Butts/ Old engraving showing archery butts]


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