Cowdray Ruins take a step back in time

Preparing for a Royal visit - A glimpse of the past as a Tudor re-enactment group gather at Cowdray Ruins.  ''C121072-3 Mid Tudor Visit  Photo Louise Adams
Preparing for a Royal visit - A glimpse of the past as a Tudor re-enactment group gather at Cowdray Ruins. ''C121072-3 Mid Tudor Visit Photo Louise Adams

THERE was a right royal commotion at Cowdray Ruins as the Tudor house prepared for the historic visit by Elizabeth I courtesy of a re-enactment group.

Visitors walked back in time and were greeted with an impressive cooking demonstration in the authentic period Tudor kitchen, pedlars selling their wares, archers practising, quill pen writing, basket weaving, and herbs and medicine from the still room.

Heather Ongley, operations manager of the Cowdray Heritage Trust, said: “The day was a resounding success, bringing the site alive with a stunning portrayal of one of the most important events in the history of Cowdray, the preparations for the visit by Elizabeth I in August 1591. It was the busiest day of the year for visitors to the site.”