We went on a day trip to Llanciach Fawr Manor House in the town of Nelson in Caerphilly and had a fantastic time!!
We had a look around the symmetrical gardens that are next to the house and discussed the coloured stones used, the different shapes in the garden and how many lines of symmetry we could see in different sections.
We started our tour in the kitchen where we made a plague bag to help ward away evil spirits and to make sure we did not catch a bad smell. We had a choice of 3 herbs to place in our plague bag: lavender, mint and sage. Each of these herbs had a significant meaning, but after smelling the herbs, most of use chose to just use lavender because it smelt better than the mint or sage.
After making our plague bags, we walked into the kitchen where the under dairy maid told us about the job of the spit boy who would be in charge of slowly turning the spit containing mutton, pig or hare over the fire for up to 10 hours.
We were then taken upstairs to be greeted by Colonel Pritchard's Surveyor. He told us about the role of the house Master Sir Pritchard and the local courts. We were also informed about the feasts that would be held at the manor house and the time that the King Charles I arrived for a meal with over 2000 men for the house to feed with 3 days notice!!
We were then taken up another flight of stairs to a room where the homing pigeons were kept. This was an important room as messages could be sent to and from Cardiff in under 2 hours where it would take much longer by horse.
Our last stop was the bedrooms of the Master and his daughters. We were greeted by the Man of all work who taught the daughters how to play different instruments. We experienced some of the games and instruments that the Tudors would have played and learnt that the beds were shorter than they are today to as Tudor people slept sitting up to make sure the Angel of Death did not take their spirit away at night.