Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2019 - 2020

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

Back to Medieval Times

Back to Medieval Times

What a truly splendid day of medieval majesty in the town. Thank you to all those who came and joined the celebrations on what was a bright, sunny and exceedingly warm Charter Celebration Day. There was much on offer with so many hi-lights.

The Farmers Market was bustling and the Mayor accompanied by his Sergeant and two knights collected the due fees from the stall holders. The Mayor's Sergeant demanding 'Pay the Mayor his market due or I will beat you black and blue'. One rebellious stall holder was forcibly and swiftly swept off to the town hall jail when he could not pay his due.

The medieval encampment on Castle Fields busted those medieval myths as we were shown how to arm the knight, the proceedings of a shire court and medieval fashion in all its rags and glory. The encampment concluded with a battle between the King's men and the rebels. All of the brave combat knights performing so gallantly for us on the day in their heavy chain mail in the blistering heat of the sun.

The Bede House offered coolness from that heat as many visited the Charter Exhibition. There was the opportunity to see the wonderful life-sized copies of the restored charters and learn about the processes involved in their restoration. Did you make it to the movie premier? The debut performance from year 6 pupils of Higham Ferrers Junior School in their film about the Charters. Also, in this building by Henry Chichele his life was displayed in fabric and thread by the Material Girls for all to see. Outside the Bede House there was entertainment from medieval musicians and the scriptorium was busy at work with ink and parchment.

Chichele College was home to the medieval chapel tent reflecting its holy origins when secular canons were resident. There was a resident barber surgeon, games and cooking demonstrations. The medieval cocktails served by Tourism proved popular as people took a break in the splendour of the College garden and grounds with a 'Monk's Ruin' and 'Chichele Gin Fizz'. There was also the opportunity to acquire the much-awaited commemorative book 'Higham Ferrers 1251-1914 A portrait of a town and its people through its historic characters'.

Thanks to all those who worked so hard to bring the town back to the time of 1251. What a memorable day. Another precious memory to be treasured in the archives of Higham Ferrers.

Posted: Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:04 by Alicia Scholfield

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