Day to Day Life In The 17th Century

Canterbury was a flourishing town - a noble city with handsome and neat buildings, mostly made of brick.

At the beginning of the century the population was about 5,000 of which about 2,000 were French speaking Huguenots who had introduced silk weaving to the city.

About half the population could now afford to eat meat every day, with the poor only being able to eat it about once a week.

Forks were introduced for eating meals

Women did not wear knickers

Most of the poor resorted to home remedies for illnesses.

At the end of the century, the more wealthy were using toothbrushes.

Stagecoaches travelled between towns

At the beginning of the century the average poor person lived in a wooden house with a hole in the roof for letting the smoke out. Drafts were excluded by a cloth soaked in linseed oil to keep out the weather and drafts. By the end of the century, glass windows were common and even poor people lived in brick dwellings and chimney's were common

If a woman gave birth to a baby before marriage, she was whipped in the centre of town for all to see.

Most houses only had about two or three rooms.






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