Exploring Medieval Belper at No.28 Cafe

Heritage open days, Belper is staging medieval theme'No.28 Cafe, on Market Place, is the setting.  Sarah and Ben Age 9 Wheatley, from Weave Knitit showing different ways of spinning
Heritage open days, Belper is staging medieval theme'No.28 Cafe, on Market Place, is the setting. Sarah and Ben Age 9 Wheatley, from Weave Knitit showing different ways of spinning

Medieval Belper was the theme for the latest heritage day held at No.28 Cafe.

The free event, at the Market Place cafe, was a chance for people to find out about the town long before the Strutts family.

This included history on the world of bowmen and archery, deer-hunting, knights on horseback and peasants tilling the soil.

There was also a display of medieval pottery found in recent archaeological excavations in a nearby garden.

A spokesman for the event said: “People were also able to find out more about the lost Manor House which stood in the area near the Market Place, but disappeared long ago.

“Local spinner and knitter, Sarah Bates was also there to demonstrate medieval techniques of wool spinning and children and adults took part in creating a tapestry using fabric and felt.”
Two guided walks- one led by Adrian Farmer, the other by Trevor Griffin, also took place. One was in recognition of St John’s Chapel having been a heritage centre and council office for 25 years.

The event, held on September 12, was organised by No28 and Belper U3A Local History Group.

More information on heritage days in the area can be found at heritageopendays.org.uk