Centuries of living history at hall

RICHARD BATSON Two thousand years of history will be brought to life at a Norfolk stately home at the weekend.

RICHARD BATSON

Two thousand years of history will be brought to life at a Norfolk stately home at the weekend.

Mannington Hall, near Aylsham, will play host to Romans, Vikings, Normans, medieval people, Tudors, 18th-century redcoat soldiers, Victorians and characters from the first and second world wars.

The living history day is being organised by Ian Pycroft, a former retail manager turned historical performer from Tunstead, who is keen to make it an annual event if this year's debut is a success.

It would appeal to people wanting to delve deeper into history including getting involved with groups which would have promotional stands there.

"There is no better way of finding out about the Roman soldiers than wearing their body armour and seeing how much it chafes" he explained.

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The two-day fair also features falconry, have-a-go archery, and a souvenir market selling reproduction historical wares from swords to sheepskins.

The Norfolk History Fayre is open from 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £5 adults, £4 concessions, £2.50 children under 16.

For further information, call 01692 535613.

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