Getting wed Tudor-style

EVERYONE was welcomed back to our meetings after our summer break.

Mrs Benneworth, our guest speaker, gave a very interesting talk about her daughter’s wedding.

No ordinary wedding, but a Tudor one, her daughter having developed an interest when aged nine she saw Cavaliers in Tynemouth. She visited Kentwell Hall in Suffolk as a teenager, the UK’s largest Tudor 1559 recreation site. And so came the wedding idea after she met her husband at an eco-warrior meeting.

In Tudor times it was more important if you were rich to marry for property. The bride’s father had to provide a dowry of two bales of fine linen, 100 CWT of candles, one ram and three ewes.

Aydon Castle, near Corbridge, was suggested as a venue by English Heritage. Its 150 re-enacters provided everything authentic to the period. There were nine courses, including onion soup, salads, but no green leaves, fowl, fresh salmon and a roast hog. For dessert there was sweet baggy pudding with stoned cream. They drank beer. A loving cup was handed round all the company and the groom had to finish whatever was left. After hymns and a blessing, the bride and groom took part in an archery contest to foretell the length of the marriage. Guests brought their own bed rolls and slept where they could. Because it was a Tudor wedding there were no photographs.

Mrs Bennerworth was thanked by Mrs Chirnside and after refreshments there were prize-winners in our raffle. We sent a donation to Riverside Care Home in memory of our long-serving member Dorothy Dalglish, who passed away in July.

Our next meeting is on October 10, in St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate, at 2pm.