Sadly, it was real, but luckily in a tiled area, with plenty of period buckets, dishes and cloths to work with. This incident came to mind after having just had a very wet weekend. Thankfully my current venue survived admirably!
Addendum: A colleague just asked me about this, and it reminded me that by the end of the day, the lady providing the cookery demonstrations had worked into her character a lengthy and amusing rant about the state of the building, conditions she was expected to work in, and how she kept telling Mr Shallcross to get the builders in- which matched marvelously into the building having been 'modernised' in 1618.
Do excuse the biro drawing!
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