The eighteenth century saw a resurgence in popularity of the medieval skill of archery. The sport was of antiquarian as well as historical interest and with the founding of the Royal Toxophilite Society at Leicester House in 1781, followed by the Royal Kentish Bowmen in 1785, the areas around London became a centre for competition. The societies, often under aristocratic patronage, sought to emphasize not only the sport but also its social aspects, and meets became great society occasions. The competitions between colourfully uniformed archers were often followed by dinner and dancing. The Prince of Wales, later King George IV, was patron of the Royal Kentish Bowmen and occasionally attended the meets in addition to presenting trophies.