Winterbourne Medieval Barn Events
AN INTRIGUING MEDIEVAL SITE
Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance. Built in 1342, just a few years before the Black Death swept across England, the barn is an extraordinary survivor of our medieval past. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360.
Community events coming up at Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Thursday 3rd November & Thursday 1 December
Tea and Tour, 2pm
Explore the magnificent medieval barn. The original 14th Century roof structure remains largely intact – a fine example of a raised-cruck construction and it appears to be one of the largest and earliest raised-cruck barns.
Wednesday 16th November
Talk : The Medieval Festivals of Britain, 7pm
Join celebrated historian, Prof Ronald Hutton for our festive lecture on Medieval Festivals, some of which may even have been held in places like The Barn.
Medieval Britain had a rich and regular calendar of major seasonal festivals, serving different human needs at different points of the year and fitted to the practical processes of the farming year.
This talk seeks to answer the questions of how many there were, and why; what their relationship was with those elsewhere in Europe; what difference Christianity made to them; and whether anything changed fundamentally in them with the coming of modernity.
This talk can also be accessed via Zoom.
Wednesday 30th November
Gaudete! Songs & Tunes of Yuletide Past, 7.30pm
600 years of festive music!
Following on from GreenMatthews ten years of successful touring Christmas shows, Gaudete! is an expanded lineup playing new and exciting arrangements. The music is lush, rich and heartwarming – perfectly evoking the Spirit of Christmas Past.
Their repertoire spans 600 years from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Featuring Christmas carols, winter folk songs, toe-tapping tunes and a plethora of weird and wonderful instruments, Gaudete! brings the festive season to life in a riot of sound and colour!
For further details and booking see the website www.winterbournebarn.org.uk
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