Year 7 Holdenby House Trip Report
On the 24th April, forty-eight Year 7 students went on a trip to Holdenby House in Northampton. We left at 8:15 for a two hour journey. The whole journey was very scenic, especially when we drove along smaller country roads.
When we arrived, we were split up into 3 groups. First, my group learnt about herbs and the importance of them in the 1300s. We were taught how herbs were used in the making of food, improving hygiene and medicine, including tasting people’s wee! Rory in 7H even tasted what was said to be 'wee.' We made clay models of the things that we thought needed improving in or on our bodies. They would offer them to God in the 1300s, but we kept them as souvenirs. Most students made eyes because they suffer from hay fever this time of year.
After we had all finished our models, we moved on to learning about cotton and how it was used in making clothes. After we were told about cotton, we were split into 3 groups. One group did felt dyeing, another did spindle making and the third did a knitting-like activity. When we were told to stop, the two people in charge of the cotton room asked if we had any questions. We asked what they got up to. They said they danced, sung and the men played football, but it wasn't like football today, because it was very violent and dangerous for the players.
Thirdly, we did archery with a man named Ned. We had a wooden bow and arrow and we had to hit a picture of a boar. Rory, Ryan, Sam and I hit the boar.
Next, we had lunch. Everyone explored the gardens of the lovely house and some people rolled down the small hill by our lunch spot, confusing a cow in the next field along!
After lunch, we were shown the leather and chainmail armour that would have been worn back then. The leather would be very hot and the chainmail extremely heavy.
Finally, we joined back together and did the pike march. Some of us were given blunt, wooden pikes. Others were given quarter staffs, which were smaller than the pikes, but were still blunt. There were a few who had rubber swords. We lined up and charged!
Then it was time to leave. We arrived back at school by 5pm. In summary, everyone enjoyed the trip and it was definitely worth the money.
Elliott S. (7H)