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Monday, 27 September 2010

Medieval Day

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"My World" this weekend saw a trip back in time to the Middle Ages as Ashton had a medieval theme day around the Market Hall.

Characters dressed in medieval costume mingled with visitors in Market Street where there were displays of skills such as arrow fletching, wood working on a foot-treadle powered lathe, cooking over a wood fire, etc. and market stalls selling traditional wares (and delicious hot pies). There was even a visit from Sir Ralph de Ashetton, the dreaded "Black Knight" before whom the ancient townsfolk of Ashton would quake with fear.

The event recalled the fact that there have been markets held in Ashton for more than 700 years!

"Medieval Day" is my contribution to this week's "My World" feature. Please check out the other blogs participating in this week's My World.


  1. 700 years! That's marvelous! I love it and I also love markets, but needless to say that here in the states this wouldn't be the same by a long shot! Love the history, would love to attend one of these! Thanks for sharing the fun through your photos! Terrific! Have a great week!


  2. I would have enjoyed being there, especially to see the woodworker using a foot treadle!

  3. Isn't it amazing to think of 700 years of markets -- that involves a lot of people and a lot of food.

  4. Wonderful celebration and all in costume too. Imagine having a market there for 700 years, wonderful amount of history.

  5. Oh, that looks like a lot of fun!

  6. One day I'll get to visit Ashton!


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