Dales legacy of the archers has Indian link

THE Yorkshire Dales is not where you would expect to unearth an historic longbow believed to have been used by hill tribes in India.

It was initially thought the weapon found beneath the floorboards of a disused chapel near Bolton Abbey was an English longbow, but it now appears to be of more exotic origins.

Experts including the actor Robert Hardy, who played vet Siegfried Farnon in BBC TV's All Creatures Great and Small and is a respected authority on the history of the longbow, as well as staff from the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds have helped piece together information about the find.


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