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
Food and Drink
Back Into The Past
The prices of an orange being the equivalent of a day's pay for most people of the time, but how most people would be able to afford nuts from the hedgerows, Pasties were made all over the country, and not just in Cornwall.  We tell them that there were over 2,000 varieties of apples grown in England at the time.  By getting the children to sample the food and ask questions we introduce them to the civilian life of the 17th Century.
Food and Drink
During the food tasting session the children are given the opportunity to sample the food and drink on display, then are told about the ingredients and how the food was made.  We emphasise the differences between the food of the rich and the poor. 
Food Tasting
Drink ?
Amongst the items the children sample is "Small Ale", they are told how alcoholic drinks were made, the difference between Ale and Beer and that they were made in different strengths, Small Ale being the weakest of the three and was given to children and soldiers.
We allow the children to come up to the tables, about one class at a time, they will sample the different items and ask questions about what they see and taste. The group are then allowed to compile Spider Charts, placing words of all that they have seen or done up to that point. These charts can be used as follow up work in their classrooms and be checked for quality control by ourselves.