Year 8 trip to the London Dungeons

At 8am on Friday July 5th, 58 students, 4 sixth form helpers and 6 staff members set off on 2 coaches to London. Our visit to the capital city started with a brisk walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace to see some of the changing of the guards, followed by a more leisurely stroll through St. James' Park towards Westminster. We walked to Horseguards and posed with stern looking horses and soldiers, and took a look at the Banquet House on Whitehall, where Charles I lost his head in 1649; past Downing Street, the Women's War Memorial, the Cenotaph and finally, Westminster. We then headed over the river to the Southbank for lunch before entering the London Dungeons.

Once inside, we were entertained with stories about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, the Great Plague of 1665, the Great Fire of 1666 and Victorian London. Mr Docherty was tortured like Guy Fawkes; Mr Gay was operated on like a plague victim and I was put on trial for lewd conduct! Afterwards, we recovered in the Victorian Tavern with a cold drink!

After our visit, we continued our walking tour of London, along the Thames and back towards Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, with a quick stop for souvenirs. At 5pm, and after 14,780 steps (according to my pedometer!) we boarded our coaches bound for Birmingham. A big thank you to all of the students who responded really well to the demonstrations at the Dungeons, especially to the group of boys who 'pretended' to be scared (- you know who you are!); and an even bigger 'THANK YOU' to Lianne, Ruth, Mollie and Anna in Year 12, who were our extra pairs of eyes, and to Mr Docherty, Mr Gay, Mr Robinson, Mrs Ryan and Miss Tinsley who accompanied the Year 8s.

Mrs Lavelle
Head of More House

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