I wasn’t expecting this. A day out with the family that I’d been looking forward to for some time, the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre. The weather was cold, but at least it was dry. It was my first time at this event, or come to think of it, at any medieval event. Ludlow Castle was originally built around 1066 and is still in fine condition, but I think the double glazing needs looking at and probably the heating system.
You have to admire the organisation that’s gone into this event. There must be over a hundred or so vendors with stalls, selling their wares. They are all dressed in costumes from the dark ages. In fact, I must have fitted in with them very well as some of my clothes look like they came from a medieval wardrobe. Anyway, I saw a stall selling ‘Fudge’ which is a soft toffee type sweet made into lots of different flavours. Me being as boring as I am bought a bag of plain old vanilla. It didn’t last long. We had no plan of action and just meandered around the castle, taking in the sights and smells of the fayre.
Sideshows and More
Outside, in the main courtyard were a number of sideshows. A Blacksmith complete with fire and anvil, hammering away at a piece of iron. Opposite was a small area set aside for archery. My granddaughter had a go and she was quite good. Well, I didn’t see anyone walking away with an arrow sticking out of the back of their head. It was then I came across the bag of spare parts lying on the floor. Not spare parts for a wooden cart, or for a broken torture rack, but human body parts!! Feet, hands, arms and who knows what else, looking like they were trying to escape from the bag that had held them.
More Than Two Feet
The person responsible for this display of anatomical bits and pieces was a man, clad in a black robe and sat behind a table only a few feet away. Ahem, pardon the pun. He was a medieval barber. They were responsible in those days for carrying out surgery as well as cutting hair. From what I could see, they were not very good at either amputation or hair cutting judging by the number of guys who left his stall with either a pudding basin or Friar Tuck style haircut. I wonder why they felt the need to amputate so many important bits and pieces? Can you imagine going in for a quick trim and coming out without your left foot? I dread to think about it.
All Was Not What It Seemed
I’m pleased to say, after closer inspection, the array of feet, hands and arms are all make believe. Phew, but they did give me a fright. All in all, the fayre was a great success. We’re all looking forward to next years show and of course, we’ll be prepared for the barber. If you’d like more information about the fayre, you can find out by clicking here.