Tudor Pomanders

29 March 2016

Monday 21st March

Form 3 were busy making Tudor Pomanders this morning. Pomanders were a very popular accessory during the Middle Ages and through into Tudor Times. Life was generally very smelly compared to today. Sanitation was lacking and houses didn’t have running water or bathrooms. Pomanders were made to hide bad odours and were generally balls either filled with perfumes or sweet smelling herbs. They could be worn on a ribbon or chain either around the neck or waist. Queen Elizabeth I is often pictured wearing one. Pomanders made from an orange and covered with cloves and spices became increasingly popular as they were more affordable.