Medieval & English Civil War Experience
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With Ned (Young Ned) Carlewe & Judith Carlewe
Colonell Granville Thomas with Mistress Judith Thomas

17th Century
Civilian Life
Back Into The Past
Civilian Life
We don't just talk about the War and fighting, Two of our display tables are packed with artefacts showing the civilian aspect of the period.  We show games such as Chess, Nine Mans Morris, dice, Cards.  Along with the money, by which we prove how there was 240 pennies in each £ and how that  pound sign came about.  There are some dolls, which were called Babies, pottery, cutlery and pewterware showing how people lived at the time. 
Many of our exhibits show the ordinary life of the 17th Century, the portraits show a house of the period we have one showing a boy of two, wearing a skirt, we explain why and how both boys and girls up to the age of 6 or 7 would have worn skirts.  There is an explanation to this which we tell the children about during our day.
Games and Money.
Everyday Life
On our Oak Traveling Desk there are maps and an inkwell we have a selection of quill pens and we show how they were made.  We explain that the level of education was higher than we now realise and how schools were organised.
From my wife carrying out "Womens Work" such as using an Inkle Loom, to our various comments about our Servants and everyday life such as the price of food items, we portray our daily life.
Medical Matters
We have some medical instruments and ingredients, from ways to kill the Tooth Worm to how a wound was cleaned. From how to fix the colour in cloth to amputations.