Tudor brewing and baking

Sunday 1 October 2017



The course

Learn how the weekly bake was integral to the brewing of beer. Participants will bake simple loaves using live barm from beer and will brew simple low alcohol ale which would have accompanied every Tudor meal and graced even the richest tables. They will use the copper kettle in the kitchen and learn when brewing emerged and how women of the past made ale until the changes in the law prohibited women from profiting from the sales of ale/beer. The bread part of the day will focus on the bread assizes and the emergence of the stringent laws governing the sale of one of the most basic food stuffs available to the Tudor person. Using the bread oven, and other simpler baking methods, the participants will bake breads from some simple bread recipes from the twelfth century to the sixteenth century.

The tutor

Lesley Parker is a freelance historic interpreter, with a particular interest in domestic life and food in the past. She has previously worked and taught courses as a member of the Interpretation team at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. She has extensive experience in interpreting a range of historical periods. Previously she worked at Fishbourne Roman Palace and she taught history at secondary level.

Participant information

Places are limited to 8 people.
Please bring with you: Pen and paper, a large clean glass bottle with a screw lid and an air tight container/sandwich box.
Please wear appropriate clothing as we will be using real fires (long trousers from natural materials and no open toe shoes).


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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