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Tudor hand spinner to visit Knuston Hall Spinners

04/10/2017 –14:00 - 16:30


Tudor Hand spinner to visit Knuston Hall spinners at the Beginners Long draw workshop on 4th October at 2.00pm. Talk includes informal spinning demonstrations and tea  with home-made cakes at 4.00pm. Booking, only through Pam Austin’s  Spinning School, is essential.

This lady gives a convincing insight into what life was like for the majority of women in Elizabethan England. Much is known about the daughters and sisters and half-sisters of the House of Tudor where male relatives had ambitions for the English Crown for their female relatives and ultimately themselves. Not so much is known about the millions of Tudor women whose life comprised servitude and motherhood.
In her accomplished role as  ‘Elizabeth’ this lady explains her unique presentation….

I give a presentation of about 40-50 minutes, with time for questions afterwards and for people to look at/handle all the things I bring. I come fully dressed in my Tudor clothes.

I stay ‘in role’ as Elizabeth and speak as she would speak, and relate the details of my daily life. The year is 1552, so as a woman of ‘more than three score years’ I have seen many changes, particularly in matters of religion.

I bring with me three large baskets with all my things which I set out on a table- which takes just a few minutes to do.

I firstly talk about washing and clothing, and then as I show items from the table, talk about soap making, food ( I bring food which can be tasted), making a fire with tinder-box, candles, distaff and spindles and spinning, and I spin using a traditional drop spindle. I have ingredients for ink making, writing, and work in the still-room. I show a book of receipts (recipes) for simples and home remedies. I have various items- rosary etc, which are now forbidden and talk about the changes in religion. I have sewing things and some clothes – a French hood, some Spanish work etc. which ‘my lady has sent me to bring’ I also display the contents of my purse——comb, coins, aglets etc. I have a recorder and shepherd’s pipe and talk about the feasts and celebrations we have. 

I also have an early printed book, and tell of my mother’s travels as a pilgrim during the reign of Henry VII and of reminiscences from my childhood.

 I invite questions as we go along if anyone ‘would know more of this matter’.



Pam Austin
01858 535466


Knuston Hall
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN29 7EU United Kingdom
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01604 362200

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