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Stepping back in time at Baddesley Clinton

29 June 2018

On Friday 22 June, Year 8 pupils visited the historic manor house of Baddesley Clinton in Solihull.

Upon arrival the girls were taken back in time to the year 1588; the Spanish Armada was imminent and English troops were readying themselves for battle. For the Catholic occupants of Baddesley Clinton, life was uncertain and, at times, very dangerous as it was illegal to practise Catholicism in Elizabethan England.

Whilst there, the girls took part in workshops on Tudor clothing, weaponry, and fun and games. The workshop on weaponry was particularly interactive, and some of the teachers found themselves at the mercy of the executioner! They enjoyed hearing fascinating accounts of the Catholic priests who sheltered in the house and managed to avoid the Queen’s pursuivants by hiding in intricately designed priest holes.

The girls had a thoroughly interesting and exciting day, and we look forward to our return with the new Year 8 next year.

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