A step back in time

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:54 31 May 2010

Louis and his friend in their costumes - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Louis and his friend in their costumes - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A MERRY time was had by all at a Medieval Market in Whittlesford on Saturday, almost 800 years to the day of the village s first. It was October 12, 1206 when Whittlesford was granted a weekly market by Royal Charter. And the village s Society Archive Pro

Youngsters dancing around the Maypole - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A MERRY time was had by all at a Medieval Market in Whittlesford on Saturday, almost 800 years to the day of the village's first.

It was October 12, 1206 when Whittlesford was granted a weekly market by Royal Charter.

And the village's Society Archive Project marked the anniversary in style at the home of project manager Ashley Arbon following the opening ceremony.

He said: "Secretary Jack Sutcliffe opened the market by reading out a copy of the charter at West End, the very site in the village where the first market was held.

"More than 300 people came along and it was an absolutely fantastic occasion. I couldn't be more thrilled with how it went.

"The children from William Westley School excelled themselves with the maypole dancing and everyone tucked into the traditional cheese and onion pasties served on vine leaves and the real ale."

Many different demonstrations and displays were on show, giving people a real flavour of life in Medieval times.

"People could try their hand at archery, see a pole-lather at work, watch coins being minted and listen to traditional music.

"I want to say a really big thank you to everyone who helped."

The project was formed in 2003 thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Local Heritage Initiative with 18 aims, including archiving photographs of the village and collating archaeology records.

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