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In the past, the men of an English village practised their archery in an area near to the church, Semer's practice ground was somehwere up from the manor towards the ancient woodland.  In a survey in the 16th year of King Edward III, it stated that in Woodfield 'upon the Radwente with five butts next the osk, six acres and one rood'.

The year would have been 1343 and Woodfield measured almost 138 acres, subdivided into ninteen smaller areas, Radwente could mean Red Field, possibly an area where poppies grew,  With five butts on six acres, it would seem that the men of Semer took thier archery seriously.