Your me­dieval ques­tions an­swered...

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID LOWN­DES

BACK IN TIME: Stu­art Orme at the ex­hi­bi­tion. (DAL_9802)

Some me­dieval pot­tery and ob­jects on show at the

ARTE­FACTS: mu­seum.

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