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Year 6 visit Cotehele House March 2018

Dressing Up: When we arrived we were  all given Tudor costumes to wear for the day. Some of us were servants and some were Lords and Ladies.

The first room we went in was the Great Hall. This is where the family would eat their meals. Weapons were kept handy on the walls to despatch unwanted visitors.

The wild boar  is the family crest of the Edgecombe family. Wild boars ran loose in the woods in Tudor times.  When families married their crests were combined.

We found the Tudor Rose on a lot of the furniture.

There were lots of weapons on the wall. We saw Pikes, crossbows and flint lock muskets.  We wish that we could have weapons on the wall of our classroom

We visited the kitchen. This was massive.  

The meat was hung on hooks. The smoke would help to preserve it.

There were no electric kettles and so water was heated over the fire.

Meat soon went off and so the Tudors a pestle and mortar to grind up salt, herbs and spices to flavour the meat.

This is a cockroach trap

Many Tudor  containers were made from leather.

The oven was heated with coals. The bottom of the bread got burnt. The rich people ate the upper crust and so posh people today are still called this

The house had its own chapel for the family.

This is a portable church which you could take with you to battle.

We visited the bedroom.

This is the mesh at  the four poster bed which held the mattress. It had to be tightened to stop the bed sagging–This is where the saying sleep tight comes from!

The bed had curtains which kept out the cold and the damp night air. The bed was very short because the Tudors were smaller than us.

We walked round the grounds

The Tudors ate the carp from the pond and the doves from the dovecote in Winter when food was short

We walked down to the key. This is where all of the goods for the house would be unloaded. We saw one of the barges used to transport goods

Richard Edgecombe was on the side of Henry Tudor against King Richard III in the war of the Roses.  The kings sent men to capture Richard. Richard ran down to the river and hid in a bush. He threw his cap into the water. The kings men saw the cap and assumed that Richard had drowned. They gave up the hunt. A few weeks later Richard Edgecombe helped Henry defeat king Richard at the battle of Bosworth in 1485. The new king Henry gave Richard money which he used to build Cotehele. He built this chapel on the site of the bush where he hid.

We then walked to the Mill The floorboard for the house were cut from logs. Two men worked the saw. The top man was called the top dog. The man who went below was called the under dog– he got covered in sawdust

The mill machinery is powered by a Water Wheel. We enjoyed putting the grains of wheat into the millstones which ground the seeds into flour

The house could be attacked and so it was built like a castle with the courtyard in the middle.

The outer windows were narrow so that you could safely fire out without getting hit.

 The door was tough oak with a smaller door built into the middle to slow intruders down.

Windows were very expensive so you took them with you when you went away!