Tudor day’s and birds of prey come to life at Shibden

An American Bald Eagle was on show for all to see in a Shibden Hall Tudor Day.

Children of all ages visited the Hall to learn about Tudors and their favourite pastime: Falconry.

Kevin Ryan from Falconry Life shows an American Bald Eagle to Aimee Walker at the Tudor Day, Shibden Hall, Halifax.

Kevin Ryan from Falconry Life shows an American Bald Eagle to Aimee Walker at the Tudor Day, Shibden Hall, Halifax.

Like being laden with labels, today, having the right bird on your arm was serious business in Tudor times. Social status depended on what type of bird you owned be it a hawk, falcon or eagle.

Kevin Ryan from Falconry Life gave children a close-up of an eagle and an owl.

Fun day activities included Tudor children’s fancy dress and a children’s trail around the Medieval Manor House.

Tussie Mussie’s were being made - an essential personal potpourri to safeguard against human, food and other smells in the days of the Tudors.

Shibden Hall’s visitors and services co-ordinator Chris Southwell said: “The atmosphere was fantastic. It was a great opportunity for children to learn about Tudor history.”

Over 200 people attended on Thrusday August 15.