Your medieval questions answered...
Most things we do today centre around multi-tasking and doing as much as we can at one time – the medieval era was no different. If you needed surgery you could make an appointment with the “barber surgeon”. That’s right – a hair cut and surgery at the same time. The red and white pole symbolises the blood that would result from surgery and the bandages they would clean you up with. Most shops had to have visual clues as to the services they provided, as very few people could read. turned into more shapely garments, from dresses to trousers and jackets.
Peterborough had two prisons or “gaols” during the Middle Ages. The first was Bridewell, which was used for petty offenders. A bit like a police station, you would be locked up for a few days before being set free or sent on for further punishment. Until the 17th century it was located on Cathedral Square, roughly where HMV is today.
The second was Abbot’s Prison, the main gaol for serious offenders, located to the right of the Cathedral Gateway. Built in 1275 it housed prisoners awaiting trial and later debtors who were locked up until their debts could be paid.
BACK IN TIME: Stuart Orme at the exhibition. (DAL_9802)
Some medieval pottery and objects on show at the