Year 7 boys travelled to Salisbury last Friday to visit the magnificent Norman cathedral, which is one of the best examples of early English architecture. The medieval cathedral was built over 38 years and was completed in 1258. Since 1549, it boasts the tallest church spire in the UK, at 123m high and pupils enjoyed a tour of the tower within the hollow spire where they could actually see the original ancient wooden scaffolding.
In the nave, pupils viewed the cathedral clock which is the oldest working mechanical clock in the world. There are no hands and no clock face, rather, it rings a chime of bells every hour. The boys carefully walked through an array of beautiful medieval tombs and most importantly discovered more about the Magna Carta, an original copy of which is held in the Cathedral library.
The cathedral runs a number of interactive workshops and Year 7 enjoyed a chance to be creative making some scary clay gargoyles and donning costumes to become Barons during a Court Session with King John.
The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain with over 80 acres of land and our visitors spent time walking through the quiet well- manicured grounds of the close. It was a really lovely day out dipping back into British history and Year 7 really felt in touch with our medieval ancestors.