A Tudor Child's Shoe

Contributed by Sulgrave Manor

A Tudor Child's Shoe

This tiny shoe was voted the Visitors' Choice during February Half Term at Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire. It is made of leather and was once red in colour. It was undoubtedly worn by one or more of Lawrence Washington's eleven children. Shoes were often hidden in houses to ensure longevity of the household or maybe it was thrown in a childish prank behind the skirting of a wall where it remained for nearly 400 years. It reminds us of the children who lived and played at the Manor in the 16th century, their famous descendant, George, who became the first President of America and also of superstitious practices.

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