Battle of Lewes medieval village
Posted by carlotta on Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 8:09am
The first morning of actually building the Battle of Lewes medieval village was as warm and bright and beautiful as a spring day can be. When I arrived, the remaining materials were being moved by willing volunteers across the muddy flats to the building site, in a line that reminded me of Christopher Robin’s ‘expetition’ to the North Pole.
Once enough materials were on site, the next step was to mark with stakes where everything would go. When the outline was set, work began on the two larger houses and two smaller ones nearby. Construction looked very simple: walls made from willow hurdles with the rafters following after. The thatched roofs would go on at a later date.
Of course this involved a lot of pounding in of stakes and sawing of branches, but with many willing hands, it was exciting to see how quickly a pile of hurdles and sticks could begin to look like a house. More photos from this shoot can be found here.
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