Long Melford, Suffolk
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Kentwell is known for its Tudor period
"re-creation" events, with over 200 re-enactors in full costume and
character spread throughout the house and farm demonstrating the roles, trades,
language, habits and social interaction of the people of Tudor England.
Kentwell prefers the term "re-creation" to "re-enactment" as the re-enactors or
participants are not trying to simulate a particular historical event, but
rather trying to get an authentic impression of life at a particular date. Using
authentically made, but not necessarily old, clothing and props is an important
aspect of this approach. Participants also interpret their roles and Tudor-lives
in first-person interpretation, and speak to you as the characters they
represent as if you were a time traveller visiting Tudor times.
Kentwell Hall is ideally suited for this as it is a stately home in Long Melford,
Suffolk. It includes the hall, outbuildings, a rare breeds farm and gardens first
built in the Elizabethan era.
The "re-creation" events happen regularly throughout much of the year with
up to 6 days in the month. See the
for details of when and the size of these,
can vary enormously from 50 re-creators to 400. Take for example the largest of these the Great
Annual Re-creation of Tudor Life this year - Kentwell 1588. You enter through a time tunnel.
Once through this you find 40 acres of activity surrounding the house as
it would have been in 1588.
waiting at Kentwell - the ideal location for re-creations
Each year they choose a different year from the
120 years of the Tudor period. You would see 200 Participants at any one time
recreate the dress, speech, food, drink, music, dance, crafts, pleasures and way
of life of the chosen year. You experience the sounds, sights and smells of
They may converse with the Tudors about their daily life as well as the
events and activities of their 16th Century time. All sorts of activity is
ongoing from sword practice to embroidery, all going about their lives. Ladies
may embroider or read. Gentlemen may practise swordplay, archery or alchemy. All
may dispute, dance, sing and play instruments. The family go about their
business, eat and relax as of that time and retainers (stewards, butlers, cooks,
bakers, brewers, dairymaids, gardeners etc) serve them. In addition, there is
re-created a whole range of activities elsewhere (in the Gardens, Grounds,
Stables and Farm) of those working on the Manor. Haymakers & Herds, Carters &
Ostlers, Potters, Carpenters & Smiths, Spinners, Weavers & Dyers. The Cot and
Hovel shows people living in meaner dwellings. But even poorer sorts have their
pleasures, so there are loud musicians, players and archers. Plus travellers of
The re- creations are varied, some far more
recent for example Second World War events.
One of the main things about these are that
generally they are not re-creations of battles but showing everyday life in a
|When no re-creations
Theres still things to see, house, moat house,
gardens, rare breeds traditional farm.....
The Farm Buildings are of interest at
any time. The Suffolk Punch Horses, Giant Donkeys, Goats, Pigs and Fowl
may be more easily enjoyed when there are no distractions.
As well as the main house don't miss the moat
house, the service building of c1500 with Dairy, Bakehouse, Brewhouse and
Stillroom Solar usually set up very much of that date.
This is definitely somewhere that requires a
feature location guide, we have only touched on the opportunities this provides
CIN Page Ref: kentwell_hall
Date Updated: 07/2008
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