Bullace Hill: Living History
Extract by Kitty McHugh, 8J
A coach load of year 8 students left the school 9:10am! We arrived at a field gate, meeting a guide dressed in tudor clothing. The trip split into three groups and after an interesting experience in some tudor toilets the groups set off. The first visit was to a thread-maker's cottage, where we learnt about ways to make sheep's wool into thread and how to sing tudor folk songs. We visited a variety of places such as a hay field ( where many of us tried our hands at turning the hay ), the orchards, bakeries and dairys. When we stopped, the tudor guides were plied with questions and, much to their suprise, tried pringles and cookies for the first time. We visited the charcoal burners and the potters ( where a few of us made thumb pots to rival the master potter).
The tudor guides also learnt a few things. We taught the carpenter about mobile phones and cars, the farmhands danced to modern songs and the potter heard about modern day ovens.
We also learnt about what we would be doing in tudor times, who we would be apprenticed to and which animals we would look after. We even met Quickthorn the horse and his friend. We learnt about salt pete and gun powder, and saw the tudor guns being fired! It was an extremely enjoyable experience for all who went, the tour guides were great and good fun for all of us. I'm sure Bullace Hill won't forget us in a hurry!