Events Archive




In February Andrew Mayfield spoke about Community Archaeology Work in NW Kent around Cobham & Shorne.

With money from the Lottery Fund and in conjunction with KCC, local community groups conducted digs; with the use of a lidar screen from the sky the landscape was revealed and with surface layers removed outlines of medieval field systems and early foundations were revealed.

A Young Archaeological Club was formed to teach young people how to recognise a site. In the village of Cobham children were enthused to dig in the grounds of the school and each child found something either pieces of blue pottery, early tokens etc.





A talk by Toni Mount on the role of the housewife in the Middle Ages proved very entertaining and gave us an interesting insight into domestic arrangements in the medieval period, using portraits and writings of the time.

Arranged marriages among the upper and middle classes often gave rise to considerable disparity in age, with the husband often older than the wife. Respectable married women wore wimples to conceal their hair and had various essential duties to perform such as providing clean linen, washing their husband's feet when he came home from work and organising food and drink. They also had to deal with fleas and moths.

The lacing up of the smocks which women invariably wore had a special significance. If you were rich, you were laced up at the back to show you had servants. If you were a respectable woman, your lacing was straight, but if you were a woman of easy virtue, you would be cross-laced because that was easier to undo. You would wear patterns over your shoes to protect you from the filth and working men and women all wore aprons.

The rich used a lot of spices in their food to enhance or conceal the flavour and sugar began to be used liberally after the crusades to the deterioration of everyone's teeth.


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The Kent History Federation and
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