Yesterday hubby, me and the boys visited the Colne Valley Museum where several friends of ours were involved in some historical re-enactment. Si is a soldier in ‘The 33rd Regiment of Foot’, aka ‘The Havercake Lads’. They re-create the life of this Yorkshire regiment in the period of the Battle of Waterloo, which is incidentally the period when George Walker created his illustrated book ‘Costume of Yorkshire’. The same book that contains the infamous ‘Wensleydale Knitters’ image also contains a painting of ‘The Havercake Lads’ and a picture of a woman making havercakes in a cottage kitchen. These pictures are all reference materials for the re-enactment group.

That’s a havercake (oatcake) on the sword with some ribbons

At the museum I spent most of my time in the living kitchen where my friend Jules (Si’s wife) and others were making havercakes on the original iron kitchen range (the museum is formed from a row of 19th century cottages), while Dave and the boys watched the soldiers doing some drill.

The havercakes were delicious, served with a choice of beef dripping, black treacle (molasses), or golden syrup. My favourite spread was the black treacle.

One thought on “The Havercake Lads At Colne Valley Museum

  1. It sounds like a lot of fun. Years ago I was part of an American Revolutionary War reenactment group. It was called the NWTA for North West Territory Alliance. At that time, where I live in Illinois was part of what was known as the North West Territory. I met a lot of nice people and had a great time. We dressed up, slept in tents, cooked over open fires and had battle reenactments. I didn’t think anyone would want to be the British, because they were the “bad guys” in the American Revolution, but a lot of people did because they loved the red coats!!

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