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    Year 6 Visit the Castle

    Pupils explore Kimbolton Castle and grounds as part of their local history studies.

    Year 6 enjoyed a trip to Kimbolton Castle this week as part of their local history studies. The aim of the visit was to draw together the knowledge children have of the Anglo Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods and apply this to the local area.

    With the help of Senior School Head of History Mr Bamford and Castle Historian Mrs Butler, pupils learned about the impact of the Norman Conquest on Kimbolton Anglo Saxons - looking at the site of the original motte-and-bailey castle the Normans built to protect the land they had taken.

    The group learnt more about Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon, who spent the last months of her life as a semi-prisoner in rooms in the south-west corner of the building, attended by a few loyal servants. They also saw where Queen Victoria’s son the Prince of Wales stood when his party visited the castle.

    All this was combined with a whistle-stop tour through the castle and grounds, where pupils discovered links to the English Civil War, looked at the fabulous Pellegrini staircase, and saw the room where Katharine of Aragon spent her final hours – now the Headmaster’s study.