The Leper Festival is an occasional event organised by Devon Artist Shan Miller.
The Lepers of Taddiport dated from the 14th century, and it is in their honour the festivals take place, along with raising money for charity and to have a great time doing it.

leper-pageant-sets-outThe modern day 'Lepers' - in a variety of medieval, rubber and rags attire parade through the town by torchlight, past the old Leper hospital to a banquet at the inn, or a party at the heritage centre - or both!

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There is now a meeting room, branch and confessional chamber of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem - an order of chivalry originally founded at a leper hospital in 1098 by the crusaders of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was established to treat leprosy, its knights originally being lepers themselves.

The symbol of the Order is a green eight-pointed Maltese Cross. It is believed to have given rise to the use of the green cross as the universal symbol for retail pharmacies worldwide. The word lazarette, in some languages being synonymous with hospital, is believed to also be derived from the hospitaller Order of St Lazarus.

The Order of St Lazarus was once one of the less-known orders, but in the twenty first century, it has become an order that is far more accessible to those outside of its ministry, through social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Shan has been ordained as a priestess and is able to carry out confessional duties and goth weddings!

Those of you brave enough, can now rent the mezzanine above the museum which is supposedly haunted! Contact Shan for further details.

Every so often we feature a local traditional business that fits with our green and ethical lifestyles.

This month is the Winkleigh Cider Company who have supported us ever since the festival began, and to our minds is the best cider regionally if not nationally - believe me we've tried enough!

Come along and try it at the next festival or go straight to Winkleigh where they would love to see you.

Winkleigh Cider
Winkleigh Cider