The real “Wolf Hall” has been discovered after owners of the surrounding land allowed archaeologists to explore the area because they were inspired by the BBC series.The home of the Seymour family, where Henry VIII first showed an interest in his third wife, Jane, fell into ruin within 40 years of being built and was demolished, its exact location never known.Now, original features of the 16th-century property have been uncovered by a team of archaeologists and historians who have proven beyond doubt its true location.The discoveries were made in the grounds of the much later built Wolf Hall Manor that stands today in Burbage, Wilts.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The findings include a network of Tudor brick sewers, several large rooms and ornate tiles that are likely to have been walked on by Henry VIII. Off the back of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning books and the hugely popular television adaptation, the owners of Wolf Hall allowed archaeologists to explore the site for the first time.Dominic Binney, who inherited Wolf Hall Manor in 2013, said: “Before the books and the BBC series we got maybe one visitor a year, if that. Now we get lots of people all the time, they have really put Wolf Hall on the map.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A cricket club has become the first in the UK to go vegan after Muslim and Hindu players were excluded from tea between innings.Players at the Earley Cricket Club in Reading, Berks, are now served a menu featuring vegan-friendly Moroccan tagine, curries and rice, lasagne and garlic bread and spaghetti bolognese.The committee voted in favour of replacing the traditional platter of sandwiches and cake following a campaign by chairman and opening batsman Gary Shacklady.The 33 year old, a primary school teacher who set up the club 12 years ago and is vegan himself, felt that the club’s meat-based catering meant Muslim and Hindu players were being excluded from joining in fully with club life.He said: “We had one member who was very against it.”He felt that it was quite exclusive and against people’s right to meat.” Viral Kohli reportedly became a vegan recentlyCredit:Ryan Pierse/Getty Four of his teammates have been inspired to switch to plant based diets entirely as a result of the move.They join a handful of the world’s best players in making the switch, including India captain Virat Kohli and Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle.Mr Shacklady added: “The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “It also means we can produce a far larger quantity of food for a lower cost. When other teams come to us, they pile their plates high. And when they eat the food, nobody complains.”Although you usually get one middle-aged white man who is horrified. It’s fine, he doesn’t have to eat it. But the point is that everyone can.”The club play in Division 2 and Division 3 of the Berkshire Cricket League. They are now is even trialling new vegan cricket balls in a bid to go completely animal-free, with a view to using balls made from synthetic leather instead.A Vegan Society spokesman said: “Offering plant-based food as default is inclusive, cheap and convenient, as well as contributing to a healthier society and more sustainable food choices that don’t harm others.”We hope other clubs and organisations will follow Earley Cricket Club’s decision to switch to an all-vegan menu for everyone’s benefit.”