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2012 Events

In 2012 the society focused on ghostly happening around Shropshire.

17th February 2012

The Society held an evening of ghostly tales that chilled visitors at Sambrook Village Hall. Stories of apparitions and spooks from around the county were told by Robin Spencer in his guise as 'Bootstrap Jack'.

Chetwynd Medieval Fair

Medieval Stalls
Visitors to the Fair browsing the medieval stalls
The CMHS Stand
A life size Lady Godiva!

Chetwynd Medieval Fair took place on 7/8th July with an Anglo Saxon theme. Chetwynd Medieval Heritage Society had their usual stall at the Fair which featured a life size Lady Godiva! Lady Godiva owned the manor of Chetwynd in the 11th century before William the Conqueror invaded in 1066.

Our replica also featured in a Radio Shropshire quiz on the morning of the 7th July - she was one of Jonty's clues for the roving quiz programme 'Treasure Quest'!

Madame Pigott

The Ghost Walk
Liz Phillips led the 'Ghost Walk' and told
the group the legends attached to each location.

The Society returned to a ghostly theme for our early autumn event. Madame Pigott is a well documented apparition that appears in various locations around Chetwynd and Newport. She is believed to have been the young wife of a Squire Pigott that lived at Chetwynd Hall several centuries ago. The legend is that the Squire was a cruel and uncaring husband who was only interested in gaining an heir to his estate. The young wife abandoned and lonely in the Hall gave birth to a stillborn baby and in despair ran, with her baby, to the lake in the Deer Park and drowned herself. She has been seen in recent memory on the road between Chetwynd and Newport.

A sunset.
A spectacular sunset over the Wrekin from Cheney Hill.
One of the locations where Madame Pigott is said to walk.

On 22 September 2012 The Society organised a walk around Newport and Chetwynd covering all the locations that have been mentioned in sightings of Madame Pigott's ghost.

The Medieval Banquet

The annual Medieval Banquet was moved from August to October with an inside venu! Members and guests of the Chetwynd Medieval Heritage Society held the Autumn Banquet at Sambrook Village Hall on Saturday 27 October 2012.

Below are some the delicious dishes prepared by members of the Society using authentic medieval recipes

The Banqueting Hall
The Hall before the guests arrive.
The Top Table
The top table with 'Lord of the Manor'
Burstews - medieval meat balls
Hennes in bokenade
Hennes in bokenade - a succulent and aromatic chicken stew
Flampoyntes - a rich pork and cheese pie
The subtlety
The subtlety - A fantastical Boars Head!