Artists and Artisans of Richard III 1483

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Artists and Artisans of Richard III 1483 at Gainsborough Old Hall 12-13th July 2014

The Burgh family bring the best of the best in to prepare for the new king and courts visit

Gainsborough Old Hall has an excellent reputation for staging high standard medieval living history events and Artists and Artisans 1483 is no exception. Lord Burgh’s Retinue and guests are turning the clock back to the ‘cousins war’ better known as The Wars of the Roses, a period of England’s bloody history where two branches of the royal family fought for the throne itself.

Richard III is now king and he is touring the realm to gather support for what many see as his illegal seizing of the crown from his young nephew. Sir Thomas and Lady Margaret Burgh are to play host to the new king and his travelling court. They have hired in artists and artisans to finish off the extensive renovations, rebuilding and redesign of the manor house – The Old Hall.

The magnificent manor house will host a well known Danish medieval portrait painter, the king’s personal armourer, seamstresses, spinners, embroiderers, tile maker and potter, musicians, book binder, specialist painters, and pole lathe turner, making extra wood wares for the kitchens, whilst a wheelwright will be at work in the courtyard and a Moneyer from the royal mint at Westminster will be striking coin for the kings coffers. With all this activity visitors will also have the rare chance to see the real medieval kitchens working with the cooks preparing delicious dishes for the lord’s own table and practicing for the king himself. Authentic recipes, both hearts in use – the sights, sound and smell of 15th century England is alive for the visitor. Elsewhere in the manor you may find Sir Thomas and Lady Burgh with the attentive household staff, all about their everyday tasks, all very much engaged in getting every detail right for the new king’s visit. As exquisite clothes are made ready for the family, beautiful embroidery, a presentation portrait for the king, and a hand gilded book of chivalry is sewn and finished, there is always the darker side of the ‘cousins war’; rumours of treason and rebellion – will Richard keep his throne and will Sir Thomas support him? You will have to come and experience 1483 to find the answer!

This very special medieval living history event is a ‘one off’ and will not be repeated. The Old Hall can be found on Parnell Street in Gainsborough, where it has stood proudly for over five hundred years. The event opens both days at 10am and closes at 5pm with the ceremony of ‘allnight’.         Admission – £6.50 Adults. £4.40 Concessions. £17.50 Family.


Paul Mason, Steward to Sir Thomas Burgh; ‘Visitors to the manor house will experience an authentic, working household with some of the very best artists and artisans in the country. As people tour and explore the building they will encounter all sorts of real people from late medieval England; from the Gilbertine Chaplain and Prioress to the Barber Surgeon and highly skilled painters to the incredible working kitchens and also the noble family themselves. We aim to bring medieval history alive and it will be 1483 when you step into the Great Hall. Visitors may also have the rare chance to commission or even purchase from the artists there’

Lord Burgh’s Retinue was formed in 1998 and has been at the fore front of accurate and high standard living history, concentrating on the social aspects of the 15th century.

Paul Mason  OR 07762300656

We are a not for profit Society and your help to publicise our event for the benefit of all would be much appreciated – Thank you!

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