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The Worst Jobs in Tudor Times

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A Gentleman Usher from Henry VIII’s Palace of Nonsuch pays a visit to the village looking for workers. He needs a gong (shit) farmer, a food taster, a spit boy, a groom of the stool, and a wool dyer. If you really want to get ahead, become an executioner! Come along and see if you fancy a change of job and a short life!

Cost £5 per child. Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel 020 8394 1734.

Trowels at Dawn

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Trowels at Dawn: protecting the past in post-war London.

Peter Marsden and Max Hebditch discuss excavation work in post war London including the discovery of the Billingsgate Roman House.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concession; £5 students) plus booking fee.

Book online at: cityoflondon.gov.uk/londinium 

or call: 020 7638 8891

Knight School

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A Serjeant-at-Arms from the Tower of London visits Ewell to tell you how you become a Knight. Sent away from home at the age of 7 to the castle of a wealthy Lord, you will begin your training as a Page learning combat skills and horsemanship until you are 14. Between then and 21 you become a squire, capable of engaging in battle and if you fight bravely you may be made a Knight.

Our visitor will bring weapons for you to master and teach you how to defend and attack a castle.

Strange tales and dodgy Derbys

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Look beneath Epsom’s respectable surface whilst you stroll around its ancient town centre. Discover dark deeds, wrong doings and ghosts who won’t rest in peace. Hear tales of Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the wicked Lord Lyttleton. Relive the time when Epsom’s spa was the height of fashion but the behaviour of some visitors was not as elevated as their pedigree such as Lord Baltimore.

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