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Years 3 and 4 visit Kentwell Hall

Last Friday, Years 3 and 4 travelled back in time to 1593 when they visited Kentwell Hall in Suffolk to experience life in Tudor Times first hand. They discovered such things as Tudor pottery, basket making, cooking, sword school and dyeing.  They even visited the alchemist and made an explosion with gunpowder! The children explored the grand house and saw what life was like for Tudor gentry. After a long and enjoyable day, we all went through the time tunnel back to 2017…

Mrs Fisher

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Boarders explore Blickling Hall

Last weekend our boarders took advantage of the miserable weather to explore Blickling Hall in North Norfolk. Once in the ownership of the famous Boleyn family, this magnificent early seventeenth-century stately home provided plenty to interest the girls. They were suitably impressed by the artwork on the walls and expressed a sudden desire to wear the big dresses of the 17th Century and have silver service at supper each night! Thankfully this wore off when they were told they would also have to do the washing up afterwards.

The staff at Blickling were kind enough to open up some of the secret doors and cupboards so the girls could see the “real” Blickling. The weather cleared up enough to head outside and smell the famous hyacinth borders before making a beeline for the shop.

Miss Cushing


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Year 8 visit Kentwell Hall

On Tuesday 1st April Year 8 visited Kentwell Hall at Long Melford, Suffolk.

Kentwell, one of the finest moated Tudor Houses in England, is set in a 25-acre estate including beautiful parks and gardens, a working farm and extensive historic outbuildings. Most of the current building façade dates from the mid 16th century, but the origins of Kentwell are much earlier, with references in the Domesday Book of 1086.

As well as taking a tour of the stately home, pupils were also lucky enough to see lambs on the farm that had been born just 5-minutes before. Their lunch was shared (though not willingly!) with some of the beautiful peacocks wandering around.

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Boarders visit Blickling Hall

On a cold but sunny Saturday the boarders, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Crump and Mrs Swallow, ventured out to Blickling Hall near Cromer. Once in the ownership of the famous Boleyn family, this magnificent early seventeenth century stately home provided plenty to interest the girls.

After a picnic in the orchard, they explored the grand interior, making good use of the friendly and informative guides stationed in each room. They  were lucky enough to be in the long gallery when a lutenist, dressed in period costume, was providing a melodious background to the impressive and valuable library of leather-bound volumes.

After the inside tour, a walk in the grounds allowed a group to make use of the hall’s croquet set, provided for the entertainment of visitors.  A visit to the well-equipped shop rounded off an enjoyable and informative afternoon.

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Mr Crump
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