Gadzooks! Pupils travel back in time to discover Peak District Tudor farmers

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Monday 18 July 2011

Children in tudor costume, cooking outside

Children from Biggin and Hartington School travelled back in time to discover what life was like for Tudor farmers at the Dove Valley Educational Centre, near Sheen.

Dressed in Tudor clothes the children experienced cooking, weaving, spinning and farming in a landscape that still holds traces of the historic past.

Organised by Peak District National Park rangers and the Dove Valley Centre, this was a pilot project subsidised by the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund, which they hope to offer to other schools in future years.

National park ranger Lynn Burrow said: “The children found out what life would have been like for ordinary people in the 1500s, when our monarchs included Henry VIII and Elizabeth 1.

“They collected vegetables from a Tudor garden and water from a well; they cooked medieval potage and oatcakes over an open fire then had a go at spinning and weaving. They also formed an oxen team to learn how medieval ridge and furrows were formed, before trying their hand at dead hedging.”

In the afternoon children studied Tudor documents relating to the land at Dove Valley and wrote their own wills with a quill pen.

One pupil said: “The Tudor clothes were very comfy. They gave me a feeling about what Tudor life was like!”

Elspeth Walker, from the Dove Valley Centre said, “The day helped the children to discover that Tudor farmers lived simply and sustainably and we helped the children to compare and contrast those lifestyles with modern day living.”

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