As you probably can guess I like history, that’s why I like the Weald and Downland museum so much.
In the Bayleaf farmhouse,the house they used for the tv series ‘Tudor monastery farm’ the whole household would use the hall ( the big room) in the evening,at a certain time decided by the head of the household ,he would tell a servant to cover the fire, this was the sign that everyone should retire. The servant would gather up the core of the fire and put them underneath a dome like pot ready for the following day,the pot was called from the French couvrir le feu, cover the fire, over time this gradually evolved into the word Curfew. Which is when the household went to bed and woe betide the person that broke the curfew. In Shakespeare the Curfew bell is mentioned quite a bit.
I am making some curfew pots for the museum, they have to suffer the strains of extreme temperature and are used to cook bread on the outside like a sort of inside out wrong way round Tandoori oven. They quite often get broken so I am making a few.
This is the second