23 January 2015

Despite bitter, wintery conditions, our trip to Sulgrave Manor was another great success. Built in 1539, it was home to an ancestor of George Washington.

On arrival we were warmly met by Master John and Mistress Amy, who after introduction gave us Tudor garments to adorn; breeches, doublet and ruff.

After a quick visit to the ‘jakes’ and a tour of the large, impressive gardens we were taken to Meg’s kitchen to warm up. No electronic machinery just an open fire and an array of brass pots and pans. A long oak table full of delicious looking Tudor foods: salted meats and bread that, if dropped, would cause considerable damage to the kitchen floor. A number of our boys got the opportunity to turn the spit, collect bread from the ovens and even attempt to start a fire with flint and kindle.

A narrow, rickety staircase took us up into the master’s bedroom. The centre of the room was dominated by the master’s bed, which was ornate and canopied. The surrounding walls were covered in local art.

After a scrumptious lunch of meat, cheese and bread we assisted with the making of a large Tudor galleon. With sail attached, oars, an anchor and barrels of ale we set of on our exploration to learn all about how and why the Tudor’s explored the world. This whole learning experience was supported by a fantastically organised treasure hunt. Small groups of boys with map in hand set off around the grounds in search of potatoes, pineapples, tobacco and chocolate.

This was an excellent experience and perfect to support the work we have delivered in class.

All boys were congratulated on their exemplary behaviour.

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