Regia Anglorum Activities
Sceaftesige Garrison is the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire sub-group of the international living history organisation Regia Anglorum.  We re-enact forgotten skirmishes and famous battles from the time of the birth of Ænglaland, or England.  But re-creating the lives of our early mediaeval ancestors isn't only about axe-on-shield action, the vast majority of their lives would be spent cooking, sewing, carving and other daily tasks.  As a living history group, many members choose to explore these less glamorous activities and uncover unknown talents.

Cookham Sceaftesige Garrison was formed as a group in 1991 by the merging of the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire groups.  The name "Sceaftesige" means Sceafa's Isle — now known as Sashes Isle which is on the River Thames.  Sceaftesige also referred to a medium-sized burh, which was built on Sashes Isle in King Ælfred's time (associated with 1000 hides of land and therefore with a potential garrison of 1000 men), although this burh was short-lived and was superseded by the nearby town of Cookham by the end of the millennium (Domesday Book entry pictured).  The island may have been named after Sceafa — a legendary King in the early midst of English royal tradition. 

Archaeological research on the history of the Sashes Island fort is ongoing, the University of London's Extra-Mural Archaeological Society (EMAS) has an ongoing Sashes Island project, which is seeking to find out more about the real Sceaftesige.  Information about this project can be found here.  Additionally the Minas Tirith Ltd Archaeological Survey has produced a report on Saxon fortifications in the Cookham area (i.e. the Sceaftesige fort) which can be accessed here.  Sceaftesige's first leader, Dave Telford, also embarked on a little research regarding the history of the fort, his article can be read here.  Below is the reference to Sceaftesige in the Anglo-Saxon document listing many fortifications, the Burghal Hidage.  Sceaftesige Unlike the Latin Domesday Book, it is written in Anglo-Saxon English (or Ænglisc) and the Sceaftesige entry reads and to Sceaftesige, 1000 hides of land

A few other resources for research can be found here:
The name Sceaftesige is a two-syllable word, pronounced Shyaft-see, which is better understood when you realise that SC represented the SH sound in Ænglisc, that the EA is more of a "YA" than an "EE", and that the letter G had a somewhat muted pronunciation, such as the G in "night".

In the early days Sceaftesige was a purely military group, occasionally fielding as many warriors on the field of battle as all other groups of Regia Anglorum combined.  But in the first few years of the 21st-century, the group's evolution saw a predominant swing towards the civilian aspects of the society.