Ancient Court Hosts Medieval Feast

THE ancient manor of Nettlecombe Court near Monksilver, once owned by King Harold before the Norman Conquest, was the scene of a medieval feast on Saturday 30th. November, complete with traditional performances of English dance, music and song. Sponsored by the West Somerset National Trust Association, the entertainment started with the presentation of a real boar's head to the Lord of Misrule. The feast was interspersed with performances, and much of the entertainment was based on English traditions recorded by Cecil Sharp, founding father of the folk-song revival, who gathered thousands of tunes from Somerset and other areas, in the early 1900s. The event included snippets of the Minehead Mummers Play, last performed by the Guild of St. George in 1908, the Ampleforth Sword, and performers were members of the West Somerset Morris. There was also an ancient Loving Cup ceremony, and the evening concluded with the Carhampton Wassail song, and Auld Lang Syne. The ancient Nettlecombe Court is now the Leonard Wills Field Centre and provided a unique backdrop for the event.

Photos by Jenny Roberts & Bob Orpin