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Stepping BackSTOP!Grab your shields and listen

Rockingham Castle was wooden in the 11th Century, it was re built in stone within 30 years by William 2nd. Edward 3rd was the last Monarch to visit while it still belonged to the crown.

The children all said WOW when they saw this view.

In 1270 Henry 3rd added the twin D tower gatehouse.

In the last few centuries servants lived at the top of the building at the end of this cobbled street. Underneath them was the laundry.


Birch BarkHibiscusGoldenrodQueen Annes Lace(Alum and Iron)Onion SkinsQueen Annes Lace(Alum)Natural dyes and the colours they make

Knights went to mass at dawn and said prayers.16

Page at 7 (a servant for a knight)Around the age of fifteen, the page would become a squire. As a squire, the young man would have a new set of tasks. He would take care of the knight's horses, clean his armour and weapons, and accompany the knight to the battlefield. They trained with real weapons and were taught fighting skills by the knight. They had to be in good shape and strong. Squires continued to practice their horsemanship, perfecting their skills at jousting and fighting from the saddle. Most future knights worked as a squire for five or six years.

Dubbing CeremonyIf a squire had proven his bravery and skill at battle, he would become a knight at the age of twenty-one. He gained the title of knight at a "dubbing" ceremony. At this ceremony he would kneel before another knight, lord, or king who would then tap the squire on the shoulder with his sword making him a knight.At the ceremony, the new knight would take an oath to honour and protect his king and the church. He would be presented with a pair of riding spurs and a sword.

Sop in Wine

Quintain and Pell

The Lords and Ladies ate in the Great Hall. The servants slept in there at night.

There was usually entertainment after dinner.

Ladies did sewing in the afternoons while the men looked around the grounds of the manor house or castle, or trained their birds of prey and horses.

Lots of people worked in the kitchen

Water was heated over a fire and had to be carried up the stairs in buckets to fill the barrel.

This person has their food on a special board across their bathThe Solar was a room in the castle called the Lords and Ladies Chamber, or the Great Chamber. The Solar was intended for use as a bedroom and used by the lord and lady of the castle - it also afforded some privacy for the noble family of the castle. This type of chamber was originally a partitioned room which was added to the end of the Great Hall.

Our final song

It might seem crazy what were about to sayKnights in castles- they saved the day.Protecting our land from the enemySometimes having battles so far away.

Because I'm happyClap along if you think that castles are really big Because I'm happyClap along if you think moats took forever to dig.Because I'm happyClap along if you know that the doors were really wideBecause I'm happyClap along if you know that horses often went inside.

Jousting on a horse with a lance, yeah,Court Jesters made us happy with a dance, yeah,We all ate bread and drank some wine, yeah,Living in a castle was just fine.Here's why