Medieval Fayre



We hope to reschedule it to somewhen in the autumn

The Aldbourne Community Heritage Group is pleased to announce the launch of the ALDBOURNE MEDIEVAL FAYRE which will celebrate the village’s rich and interesting medieval heritage. We know there was a market in 1311 and that John of Gaunt owned the manor; the Church was extended, some of the workers being put up in the local pub. The Fayre will seek to bring our Medieval Heritage to life and help us learn more about famous people and events which helped shape our village today.

We must thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund and those people who played the National Lottery for the support of £5,300 which will enable us to put on this event. We are thrilled by their support.

Prior to the weekend in May, we will be exploring Aldbourne’s medieval history with St Michael’s School, youth and other village organizations; the aim being to educate as well as entertain.

Our plans for the weekend include:

  • A medieval camp on the village green, including:

    • Stone mason, who will run have-a-go sessions

    • Tile maker who will also run have-a-go sessions

    • Medieval re-enactors who will talk to visitors about medieval life

  • Knights on horseback

  • Archery

  • Falconry display

  • A Market on the Green

We’ll make extra information, history, links etc available here as a reference point.

Lifting The Lid on Medieval Aldbourne

This is the content of Liz Dymonds January talk on Medieval Aldbourne given to the Heritage Group.   What we think we know about 14th Century Aldbourne and what can we prove? There was a market on the green. Was there a charter to permit this market? John of Gaunt owned the village/manor and would...

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Medieval Aldbourne Dabchick Article

Early Aldbourne and some very important people! Gytha, Countess of Wessex Domesday Book 1086 states that in 1066: ‘Rex ten Aldborne Ghiđa tenuit T.R.E.’. So Gytha (modern spelling) held Aldbourne for the King in 1066: but who was she? Research shows that she was from an important Danish family and on a trip to Denmark...

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As has been shown so many times, the people of Aldbourne seem to love a chance to dress up! So if you're interested in dressing up when attending the medieval fayre there are a few options. If you want ready made clothes there are plenty of options online, just search for "medieval costume" on Amazon,...

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