Elizabethan pix & quotes: Kentwell Hall

kentwell-hallIf you ever have a chance to visit Kentwell Hall during one of their Tudor Days events, go! It is so much fun and you’ll learn so much about life in the sixteenth century. I went in June, 2009, and spent a very happy day wandering through the grounds and the house.

Patrick Phillips and his wife bought the neglected old house in 19070 and started restoring it, for love of history and old houses. Over the years, they began to host volunteers to occupy the house and grounds, living the Tudor lifestyle. They invited visitors to observe and interact with the re-enactors to support their restoration efforts.

What’s on?

Basket makers

What isn’t? The offerings are comprehensive. You can watch the family dining in style or the household staff catching their meal in the kitchen. Or view the remains of these meals, or watch them being prepared. You can see dairy maids making cheese and bakers baking bread. You can watch woodcutters and apothecaries and pig-herds, weavers and dyers and blacksmiths. You can watch men practicing with the long bow or young folks dancing on the green. There are scholars and fools; high folk and low.

Pictures worth a thousand words or so

Fife and drum
Bow men
Looking down into the bakery
The moat, which is full of fish, which they eat!

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