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Make your own Festive Galley Oven!

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This is a festive version  of one of our Galley furnaces, a pair of which were found in a state of disrepair in the hold area of the Mary Rose.


These galley ovens were made of bricks. This meant that no matter how hot the galley became, it wouldn’t set fire to the ship as the bricks provided excellent insulation against the heat.


Christmas Stocking on the Galley

A Christmas Stocking hanging above our replica Galley. Sadly, this would not have happened in Tudor times, as the tradition isn’t mentioned until 1823,plus the galley oven has no chimney!


All the food for the crew was cooked in these ovens, the officers’ food being cooked in front of the open fire at the front, with the rest of the crew getting their food from the large copper cauldron on the top. Bread and biscuits could also be cooked on this oven, once the fires inside had died down, the embers providing the heat from the sides.


Our Festive version has a few embellishments, such as Hatch sleeping by the fire, rats and holly, pus a few anachronistic features. You can learn more about Christmas on the Mary Rose HERE.


As always, we recommend printing this model onto thin card. Also, the hole in the top for the cauldron will need cutting out with a craft knife, so make sure this is done by a responsible adult!


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 If you’d rather make a non-festive version, you can download that below.

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