A day in the life of Ordsall Hall for Prep IV

What better way to start a visit to Ordsall Hall than with a full wedding feast – celebrating the nuptials of Lord and Lady Buxton (Shayan and Esme), our servants brought out a succession of delicious (if you were a noble) treats and fancies for the assembled guests.  A few merchants made it to the wedding table, but they were treated only to helpings of vegetable and horse bread.  Most were relieved to find out that they were only to be served beer to drink – after all, who wants to drink the foul potion carried in from the local river?

Once the feast was cleared away, we learned that some of the workers of the house required replacing and went to see if we could get ourselves jobs.  Water to be fetched from the river half a mile away (all for a penny a day), meat to be turned on the open fire (the last poor meat turner fell into the fire! – the risk meant you might earn two pennies a day and get a day off each week), spices to be ground, fresh game to be plucked and skinned.  We saw a cockentrice that had been prepared – the torso of a turkey sewn to the head and body of a pig.  The main idea of the dish was to use parts of regular animals to create an impression of a mythical beast, which would surprise the guests both with its unusual appearance and impressive taste.  Being mere servants, there was no chance we would get a taste.

We visited our potential sleeping quarters at the top of the house – surprise at the lack of beds and the cold for the forty servants who would be sleeping up here, and disgust at the potential unpleasant sounds and smells we would experience whilst there.

Time to see how the other half lived: we visited the Star Chamber where we saw the Radclyffe Bed, the only piece of furniture original to the house.  Joshua and Aarav were summoned by the Queen to hustle to London with their Salford army to repel the Spanish Armada, and thus we saw the two knights don their fighting garb in readiness for battle.  Seeing how fierce they looked, it was no surprise the Armada were unsuccessful in their invasion plans!

Upstairs, we visited our Lady’s chamber, and saw some of the elegant clothing of the period – we held an impromptu Tudor fashion show.  No one was tempted to use her bath, but we did make our own potpourri to mask the smells – what would you expect when the Lord and Lady only bathe once a year?

Our day was finished with a spot of Tudor dancing – simple yet elegant.  You’ll have to visit our Twitter feed to see this!

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14 Responses to A day in the life of Ordsall Hall for Prep IV

  1. Luca Barooah says:

    I loved going to ordsoll hall and my favorite part was the kitchen


  2. Toby Ainsworth says:

    My favourite part was seeing the stuffed animals.


  3. Joel Taylor says:

    it was great my best part of the day was when we was in the kitchen.


  4. catherinepayne1 says:

    I really enjoyed the trip to Ordsall Hall because I liked smelling all the different spices that were used in the Tudor Times and making our own perfume bags. I enjoyed dressing up in the funny clothes and got to wear a ladies hat. The house looked really nice especially in the snow!


  5. Aarav C says:

    I loved it my favourite bit was when I dressed up in Radcliffe armour and won yes


  6. Molly Torkington says:

    I had a great time at Ordsall Hall, it was a really good trip and I especially enjoyed looking at the different types of spices they had, making perfume bags and looking at the stuffed animals. I had a lovely time !!!!


  7. Esme Cooper-Sweeney says:

    My favourite part of the day was in the kitchen when we found out how the tudors carried the water.


  8. catherine natugasha says:

    The best part about going to Ordsall Hall was making the perfumes I used lavender and mint. Being a servent was also amazing and I got to see the star chamber.The whole day was brilliant.


  9. Paul Carrol says:

    I loved OrdsallHall my favourite bit was the kitchen and learning about herbs


  10. Aryan says:

    I loved the day at Ordsall hall, it was a very educational trip as I learnt a lot about the Tudors. My favourite part was when I was learning about the terracotta thumb pot


  11. Anonymous says:

    Mrs booth I’d love this trip. My favourite part there was being a lord


  12. Joshua Devine says:

    Loved the trip and great photography.I loved the part where l got to dress up like a knight 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍


  13. Mrs Acton says:

    wow this looks like so much fun! lucky Prep IV


  14. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic day and well done Prep IV for being super servants in preparation for the wedding feast at Ordsall Hall.
    Thank you Mr Suter for stepping in at the last minute and a great blog


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