Victorian celebration at Tyntesfield

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 May 2016

Some ragged victorians.

Some ragged victorians.


History came to life at Tyntesfield as urchins filled the estate begging for scraps and shillings.

Children were able to meet a Queen Victoria look-a-like and attend her etiquette classes, before watching a lesson at the urchin school on the National Trust estate in Wraxall.

Families were given a taste of taste of Victorian life as they saw pie-sellers, boot cleaners and road sweeps trying to earn a living.

People dressed up as petty thieves and drunks also roamed the estate under the watchful eye of Sir Robert Peel’s bloody gang.

The Victorian experience was provided by award-winning living history group the Ragged Victorians, who run living history events to show people what life was like in the era.

The rags to riches weekend followed the Bodgers Ball where scores of woodworkers and traditional crafters demonstrated their skills.

Bodgers from all over the country attended to showcase their work and sell a variety of weird and wonderful products.

Tyntesfield’s Victorian celebration will come to a close with a falconry display from May 28-30.

Visitors will be able to watch dazzling bird of prey displays and enjoy some aerial excitement from The Falconry School with master falconer Ben Long.

To find out more about the events at Tyntesfield, visit

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