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Class 3 Cavaliers Visit the Commandery!

Class 3's popular topic of the English Civil War was concluded in fascinating fashion this week when this young group of Cavaliers, accompanied by Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Christopherson and Mrs. Swain, paid a visit to The Commandery museum in Worcester!

 

  

 

The children loved being given the chance to try on some authentic fashion from the 1600s...

 

  

 

... before getting the chance to explore the grounds of this 800-year-old Grade I listed building in what was thankfully a cold but very sunny, dry and crisp winter day as the class were also given the opportunity to learn all about how cannons at the time of the Civil War were fired!

 

 

Well done to all of Class 3 for being so well-behaved during the visit, and thank you to all of the staff at The Commandery for really helping to bring this fascinating period of English history to life for the children. 

Thank you also to Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Christopherson and Mrs. Swain for accompanying the Class 3 Cavaliers on their latest expedition!

DID YOU KNOW...?

 - The English Civil War was actually three separate conflicts which took place between 1642 and 1651.

- Charles I was executed on a bitterly cold day and so chose to wear two shirts to stop him shivering and convince people that he was not afraid.

- Oliver Cromwell and Parliament banned Christmas celebrations in England for a period of twelve years from 1647 - they were Puritans and did not want a festival associated with the Catholic Church celebrated.

- While small cannons were generally more effective, sometimes the Royalists and Parliamentarians used cannons that were so large they had to be drawn by sixteen horses!

- Around 190,000 people died from both the fighting and diseases caused by the conflict, although each side only had around 15,000 soldiers at any given time. 600,000 people died from illness, famine and disease caused by the conflicts in Ireland.

- The Sealed Knot Society is a registered charity nowadays which travels around the country re-enacting battles from the English Civil War, but originally they were a secret group which plotted the restoration of the monarchy during the Commonwealth period, staging several unsuccessful attempts to bring about the Restoration between 1649 and 1660.