Levellers! Living History and Drama Event
Saturday 28 September 2019, 10am—4pm, All Saint’s Church, Market Hill, Huntingdon
(Performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm)
Tickets: £5 per person
In 1649 soldiers from Parliament’s army staged a mutiny. They were part of a movement known as the ‘Levellers’, which were promoting radical ideas for the 17th century, including regular parliaments, the male population being given the vote, religious toleration and equality before the law. In May 1649 these men were surprised and caught by troops under Cromwell at Burford in Oxfordshire. This dramatised show, produced in association with members of the Sealed Knot, will tell the story of what happened next.
Proceeds from ticket sales for this event will go towards the Cromwell Museum’s refurbishment.
There will also be a Living History encampment in the churchyard of All Saints Church, open 10am – 4pm, which will be free to visit.
Tickets can be booked for the performances at the Cromwell Museum, or online at: https://www.cromwellmuseum.org/events/levellers
Throughout the country there are today more places of worship than clergy to conduct weekly services in them. Church attendance and communicants has declined significantly and our churches are now in a position where the cost of upkeep and maintenance is being bourn by fewer folk. Sadly, a great number of our churches, a lot of them listed buildings, are beginning to fall into decay; not helped by the thoughtless actions of some thieves stealing the lead of the roof resulting in enormous cost of damage to the fabric of the buildings.
Many of the older churches are fine architectural edifices that should be preserved regardless of declining finances. We have seen charitable organisations such as The Churches Preservation Trust, The National Trust and Heritage England, formed to stem the tide of decay and dereliction of our architectural heritage, helping to restore and preserve these old estates and building for everyone to enjoy. So, what is to become of our churches and chapels? Will more be sold off to become desirable homes for the few?
Come along to hear Michael Dudley’s talk and get to know what can be done.
In the 19th Century opium was commonly used as a remedy for a large number of common ailments. It is hard to believe that it was possible to walk into a chemist shop and buy without a prescription cocaine and laudanum. Opium preparations, (‘little white powder’) were freely sold in towns and markets and in the countryside by travelling ‘hawksters’. Taking opium became as popular as alcohol. Surprisingly, opium was also used as a ‘quieten’ tincture for children.
Dr Eric Somerville will talk about the use of opium, laudanum and other derivatives, particularly in the Fens and the growth of addiction, called ‘elevation’ amongst the female population.
The Society’s Christmas Social with entertainment by Bedford Gallery Quire.
Stuart Orme, the Curator of the Cromwell Museum will talk to us about Oliver Cromwell’s first campaigns in 1643 at Huntingdon, Peterborough, Crowland and the Battle of Gainsborough on 28th July.
Adrian Moss will talk about John Howland of Fenstanton and how as the man servant of Governor John Carver he sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to settle in Plymouth in the ‘New World’. John Howland was an indentured servant when he set sail on the Mayflower but in later years he became personal secretary to the Governor and was instrumental in the making of a treaty with the local native American tribe, Sachem Massasoit.
Mr Tom Grimes will talk about the History and Collections of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society