Year 7 pupils complemented their History studies of medieval Europe by visiting a historical site at Leeds Castle last week.
A castle has existed on the site of the River Len since AD 857. In the 13th century it became a favourite residence of Queen Eleanor of Castille and was the home of Catherine of Aragon, first wife to Henry VIII, in the 16th century.
Pupils learned this history and more. The castle now houses an exhibition to Lady Olive Baillie, an Anglo-American heiress who restored the castle in the 1930s. Leeds Castle became one of the great country houses of England and a centre of lavish hospitality for European royalty, film stars and leading statesmen including President Kennedy.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day, including competing in a series of challenges during a ‘King of the Castle’ workshop.