Children learn medieval story at Docklands museum

CHILDREN visiting the Museum of Docklands on Saturday were treated to a medieval tale which shows that perseverance is always best.

Next to the museum’s model of the medieval London Bridge, a storyteller shared the folk tale of the Pedlar of Swaffham, a 17th century street trader who dreamed his fortune lay at the bridge.

Undeterred by the doubters he met, his journey eventually led him to a vast treasure under an oak tree in Norfolk.

The story was taken from English Fairy and other Folk Tales, published in 1906, and has its origins in the Diary of Abraham dela Pryme, dating back to 1699.

Similar legends can be found in Middle Eastern tales from the 13th century.

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It formed part of regular storytelling sessions at the museum in West India Quay.

Future events include the tale of the ghost chicken of Pond Square and the story of Vincent Lunardi, an 18th-century aviator.

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