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A Handfasting and Tudor Fayre, 1517. Paycockes House and Grange Barn.

The year is 1517, and a handfasting is soon to take place twixt the under-steward of Paycockes House, John Dyer and housemaid Kathleen. The Master, Thomas Paycocke, being right fond of his under-steward, hath offered the use of the house for the Ceremony, and although he is away, the women folke are immersing themselves in the preparations, which visitors may wysh to help wyth. The Priest, Father Ignatious wyll visit when’st he wyll rehearse the ceremony and instruct Kathleen in her duties and the responsibilities of a wife, when in truth she doth become her husband’s property.
Thomas hath also given hys goodwyfe Anne and Margery the Housekeeper leave for the cooks and other household staff to be involved, so there is much bustling and preparation. The musician and puppeteer wyll be in the house practising their part for the big day, to the benefyt and entertainment of all.
Meanwhile, at Grange Barn, the other commonfolke, cunning man, barber surgeon, archer, gamesters, armourer and all continue their May Festivities. All doth begin at eleven in the forenoon and doth continue till 5 of the clock.
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Free entry at the Barns. Free entry to gardens and tea room, charges apply to House entry. Hunting hounds welcome if held tight upon a cord.
Free entry to Grange Barn, Gardens and Tea Room. Entry charges apply to House.
Paycockes House, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1RE
Sat 17 June and Sun 18 June
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