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Year 8 Take a Trip to Tudor Times

Friday, 23 May 2014

As part of the girls’ post-examination enrichment activities, the History department took the Year 8s to Turton Tower, a Tudor house on the outskirts of Bolton. They were welcomed to the house by ‘Squire William’ and ‘Mistress Mary’, who were able to give them a tour and teach them about the house itself. They also had a great time trying on Tudor clothing, learning about life in Tudor times, and even trying some traditional dancing!

Ellen Bate said, “When we arrived, we were greeted by ‘Squire William’, who was an actor. He lived in the house with his wife, ‘Mistress Mary’. We were given a tour around the tower and learnt much about the Tudors, such as their furniture, decorating skills and their way of life. Near the end of the tour we were taught a Tudor dance which was great. The steps were easy but looked good. At the end of the tour we went outside to identify some features of the tower and a walk around the gardens.”

Hannah Ferrier said, “I enjoyed Turton tower – it was so interesting, I loved learning about the Tudor building with Squire William and learning about the clothes with Lady Mary. When it was nearly time to leave, we danced a traditional Tudor dance and it was a really inspiring visit.”

It was a really successful trip that brought Tudor history to life for the Year 8s.

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The girls with Squire William and Mistress Mary at the Turton Tower front door

The girls with Squire William and Mistress Mary at Turton Tower's front door

Dressing up in Tudor clothing

Dressing up in Tudor clothing

Mistress Mary shows the girls different styles of Tudor plate

Mistress Mary shows the girls different styles of Tudor plate