Norfolk Trained Bands

  • Norfolk Trained Band (Sir Miles Hobart)
  • Norfolk Trained Band Horse

The Norfolk Trained Bands of 1638 consisted of 5,137 men armed with 2,910 muskets and 2,407 corslets (body armour, signifying pikemen). They also mustered a substantial cavalry force of 400 consisting of 80 cuirassiers and 320 harquebusiers.

In 1639 Norfolk Trained Band men were selected for service in the First Bishops' War, forming Sir Nicholas Byron’s Regiment of Foot.

In March 1640 it was ordered that Trained Band men should be shipped to Newcastle for service against the Scots: Norfolk 750. to be shipt the eighth of June at Yarmouth, to be at the General Rendezvouz the twenty eighth of May, to march thence the seventh of June.1).

In May 1643 Parliament instructed the Trained Bands to co-operate in securing Lynn: That the Trained Bands of the Hundreds of Marshland, Freebridge, Clacklose, and South-Green, and the Forces of the said Town of Lyn, shall mutually assist each other, upon all necessary Occasions, as they shall be required and directed by the said Committee2).

On January 28th 1650 William Burton was commissioned Major of 3 companies at Yarmouth, with Captains Augustus Thrower and Isaac Preston3).

In August 1651 the Norfolk militia were ordered to rendezvous at Oxford.

The Norfolk Trained Bands are re-enacted by The Norfolke Trayned Bandes of the English Civil War Society.