Tudor Monastery Farm

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 8.6  (404)

Tudor Monastery Farm is a historical television series that premiered in 2013. It is a part of a group of shows including Victorian, Edwardian, and Wartime Farm, which all explore different aspects of life throughout history in Britain. The show follows presenters Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Geraldine James as they attempt to recreate life as it was in a Tudor monastery farm, around the year 1500.

At the beginning of the series, the team arrives on a 500-acre site in the countryside of Weald and Downland in West Sussex, England. They have been tasked with recreating a working Tudor farm from scratch, with only the resources and technology that were available to farmers at the time. Throughout the series, they must find a way to grow crops, tend to animals and maintain the lifestyle of the people who lived in Tudor times.

The team, consisting of historian Ruth Goodman, archaeologist Peter Ginn and actress Geraldine James are faced with a daunting task. They have to learn everything from scratch - from farming techniques to cooking and brewing ale. They also have to wear authentic clothing of the time, which was uncomfortable and heavy, but necessary for them to experience what Tudor life was really like.

The majority of the series is spent working the land and tending to the animals. Ruth, Peter and Geraldine each have their own roles to play. Ruth takes on the role of housekeeper, looking after the house and its occupants. Peter is in charge of the animals and their welfare, while Geraldine works on the farm's kitchen garden and brewing ale. Together, they must work to make the farm profitable and practical in a time when there were no modern conveniences.

In addition to the physical work, the team also has to deal with the religious beliefs of the time. For the people in Tudor times, religion was a way of life, and the monastery farm was no exception. The team must work to create a functioning church on the site, complete with a weekly service.

Throughout the series, there are many obstacles that the team must overcome. They must manage the farm without modern tools and technologies, and they are at the mercy of the unpredictable weather. They also face the challenge of dealing with diseases and pests that would have been common in Tudor times.

Tudor Monastery Farm offers a fascinating look into the daily life of people in Tudor times. The series is educational and provides a wealth of information about how farms operated at the time, from animal husbandry to brewing ale. The show also delves into the religious beliefs of the time, showing how important they were to the daily lives of those who lived on the farm.

Finally, the show offers insights into how the people of the time lived and interacted with each other. Tudor Monastery Farm is an exploration of a fascinating time in Britain's history, and it offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the people who lived it. The series is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in history or agriculture.

Tudor Monastery Farm is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 13, 2013.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 18, 2013
It's harvest time, winter is drawing in and the Dissolution of the Monasteries is on the horizon. This week the team will be bringing in the barley and celebrating with a harvest feast, to give thanks for their bounteous crop.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 11, 2013
This episode explores the theme of hospitality in Tudor England. With no provision for the poor from the state, it was down to the monasteries to provide welfare for those in need.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 4, 2013
This week the team learn to master the landscape away from the farm in order to supplement their income. The monasteries' land covered a variety of landscapes, from rivers and woodlands to hills and mines, all of which would be expected to be exploited by the tenant farmer to raise income for themselves and the monastery.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 27, 2013
It's the height of summer and our farmers are carefully monitoring cereal crops from which they'll make the staple foods of everyday Tudor life - bread and ale. Records show that it wasn't unusual for a person to consume a two - pound loaf and drink eight pints of weak ale a day.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
November 20, 2013
The second episode revolves around wool, known as "the jewel in the realm" of the English economy and accounting for around half the country's wealth.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 13, 2013
This episode finds the farm team arriving at Weald & Downland in West Sussex - a new location in a new time period. There are domestic tasks to tackle, from lighting fires with flint, making meals with depleted crops during the Hunger Gap and using a tread wheel to fetch water from the well.
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Tudor Monastery Farm is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tudor Monastery Farm on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 13, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (404)