Swords and Spindles Welcome Moretonhampstead History Society

Amidst Dartmoor-like drizzle, Swords and Spindles welcomed the good folk of Moretonhampstead History Society to the king’s town of Torrington. Sadly, no one had warned Master Christopher that Moretonhampstead be a Parliamentarian town. Travelling through mist and rain, the intrepid band were warned of the armies in town and the likelihood of battle. Mistress Agnes had been dragged back from ‘entertaining’ the troops and she and Master Christopher toured the town with Moretonhampsteaders in tow. They abandoned their charges in the church – did no one warn our visitors that it was about to come to an untimely end?

Mistress Mary ensuring that she does not catch the plague from our visitors
Mistress Mary ensuring that she does not catch the plague from our visitors

After refreshment in the ale houses and eateries of the town, they did visit the Museum. We heard tell that some of our visitors did imbibe tea? What is this strange beverage that they do sup in foreign parts?

Then we did repair indoors to instruct the goodwives on how to dress in a seemly fashion. We gave guidance on the purchase of an adequate suit of armour and Mistress Mary spoke of herbal cures. Master Christopher ‘cured’ various ailments and we sent our guests on their way. We do hope that their horses did get them back safely.

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