Podcasts with a festive theme from Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Mon, 14 Dec 2020

The popular weekly podcasts produced by Sewerby Hall and Gardens have taken on a festive feel for December.

The podcasts - written and presented by education officer Robert Chester - have a different Christmas theme each week.

The first one released this month looked at the East Riding's connection to the tradition of eating turkey for Christmas lunch, and explained that the turkey was first brought to this country by William Strickland of nearby Boynton Hall in the 16th century.

The second podcast looked at Christmas decorations and how they have evolved over the centuries from greenery from the gardens through home-made decorations to the vast numbers of items we have today.

The next podcast will feature Christmas in the Country House, and will include the Christmas Eve routine of carol singers in the house; followed by the Christmas Day traditions of prayers; breakfast; giving gifts to the estate's tenants; going to church; and the Christmas Dinner.

Robert Chester said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working on these podcasts since we started them during the first lockdown this year. I thought it would be appropriate to focus on Christmas and festivities during the month of December, and I hope that people will enjoy listening to them!"

The podcasts are released every Wednesday on the Sewerby Hall and Gardens facebook page.

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