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Long Melford: Tudor times are re-enacted as gentry and peasants celebrate Easter

Tudor Eastertide at Kentwell Hall with 100 costumed Tudor. Celebrating Easter Tudor-style with music, dancing, hot cross bun making and more.

Tudor Eastertide at Kentwell Hall with 100 costumed Tudor. Celebrating Easter Tudor-style with music, dancing, hot cross bun making and more.

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Easter is being celebrated Tudor-style at Kentwell Hall in Long Melford.

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Crowds thronged to the venue over the holiday weekend to see how the festival would have been celebrated four centuries ago by both gentry and peasants.

The Eastertide event saw an egg trail for children, an eggheads quiz, and the chance to see newborn lambs and piglets, some of which arrived over the weekend.

Bakers created hot cross buns with the money raised going to the St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds, and there was also music and dancing.

Patrick Phillips, the owner of Kentwell Hall, said: “Easter is very different today than it was then, and even in the past 60 years or so how we celebrate it has changed considerably.

“There would have been specific music and dances to mark Easter.

“Every dance had a counterpart with one for the gentry and a more energetic version for the lesser sorts.

“But it went both ways and if the commoners had a good dance it would be converted for the gentry.

“As well as the Christian element the celebration also encompassed eggs, representing the new sun as Easter is often close to the equinox, and bunny rabbits marking a great time of fertility.”

The Eastertide event continues today.

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  • “Every dance had a counterpart with one for the gentry and a more energetic version for the lesser sorts. " Who are these "lesser sorts"? What a pompous, odious and outdated view of society the very well-heeled owner of Kentwall Hall has. Perhaps the "lesser sorts" who are expected to pay £11.50 per adult "at gate" ticket should find a better day out and starve these toffs.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, April 21, 2014

  • I'm sure that people whom are surviving by way of the food banks will appreciate seeing how it used to be !, the wealthy land owners and the plebs !, what exactly has changed ??

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    freedomf

    Monday, April 21, 2014

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