If you’ve ever fancied learning a tradition trade, the Mop Fair at Little Moreton Hall is your chance. Taking place on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September.
Over two days , visitors of all ages will have opportunities to try their hands at crafts and activities linked to the types of jobs people living at and around the hall would have been doing. Join us to make:
- Candles to become a a chandler
- Bread salt dough the basic ingredient of a baker
- Spin a piece of wool/lucet cord and learn the basic skills to become a weaver
- A lavender bag (sweet bag) in the role of a wise woman
- Quill pens, learn how to write like a scribe
- Willow crowns and learn the trade of willow weaving
In keeping with the surroundings here, the skills on display will be from Tudor times, visitors will have a chance to see how candles and rush lights were made, how Tudor clothes were sewn and delve into the secrets of remedies prescribed by a local ‘wise woman
There will be a team of re-enactors with archers, a wise women, candle maker, spinner and wool dyer, metal badge maker, scribe and a cook. There’s also the opportunity to have a go at archery and for the first time at the hall there will be a cannon demonstration twice a day at 12 noon and 3pm with a chance to see what type of muskets would have been used.
Mop Fairs, held at Michaelmas, were the events where trades people and labourers were hired for the coming year. Visitors will be able to try out the different activities and trades and Master Moreton will decide whether they are hired for the year. This was an important time of the year for hiring staff and Mop Fairs always ended in a celebration which we are recreating at the hall.