Black pear legend in focus at family Tudor day

Published Wednesday, 4th March 2015

People can step back to Tudor times during a special event at The Hive in Worcester to learn about Queen Elizabeth I's visit to the city 440 years ago.

The Tudor day in the Children's Library on Saturday, March 7, will focus on the royal visit and its legendary link with the black pear on Worcestershire's coat of arms.

The event will be held between 10am and 3pm when Paul Harding from living history interpreters Discover History will be setting the scene with authentic costumes and artefacts from the period.

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has organised the day and staff will be on hand to talk about records from the period as well as a charter document bearing a picture of Queen Elizabeth I, which will also be on display.

Children can try their hand at decorating a letter in the style of the period and there will be a Tudor Trail around the library for them to follow

Paul Hudson, Learning and Outreach Manager for Worcs Archive & Archaeology Service, said: "Queen Elizabeth I's visit was a major event and our archives detail how in preparation for her arrival Worcester's residents were told to clear away dung hills and rubbish from the streets.

"We'll also be exploring the legendary link between the visit and the appearance of the black pear on the county coat of arms.

"It's the first time we have focused on Tudor times and with the help of Discover History we hope to really bring this period to life."

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "A similar archaeology event at The Hive earlier this month (February) had staff rushed off their feet and we hope this one will prove equally popular with families and anyone else interested this aspect of our local history."