|In 1970, the City of Nottingham held a large medieval themed festival . The daily highlight all week was to be a jousting tournament. A group of stunt men were asked to arrange the jousting sequences. Mr. Robert Humphrey, the then proprietor of the School of National Equitation, Bunny Hill Top, Costock, was asked if he could supply the horses for the stunt men to ride. Because of a programming error, the jousters were booked for 6 instead of 7 days and the festival organisers asked Mr. Humphrey if he could find enough male riders to dress up and carry on the tournament for the last day. This he did with great success. The jousting tournament at Nottingham caught the imagination of festival organisers throughout England, and Mr. Humphrey was approached to stage other jousting tournaments. So, the Nottingham Jousting Association was formed. Within 2 years, what started as a hobby became a full-time, commercial enterprise, with his 3 sons, Sam, Philip and Stuart all taking part. The next generation of Humphrey boys has now joined the troop, which travels the length and breadth of Great Britain, as well as performing on the International circuit. Sam’s son, Mark, also jousts in the show, making him the third generation of the family to carry a lance and joust. This is a feat that probably has not been achieved since medieval times!!
In 2006 Sam Humphrey decided to finally hang up his jousting spurs and Philip, Stuart and Mark along with several other members of the troop set up the company Medieval Entertainment and renamed the jousting troop The Knights of Nottingham, the name it proudly goes by today.