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Children experience life in Victorian times

 holdenby houseBefore the Easter break, Y6 pupils at Stamford Junior School visited Holdenby House and learnt about life in Victorian times. The pupils were able to take part in a living history project as they spent the day as Victorian children working in a country manor house.

The children’s first experience of the Victorian day was to be put into lines by the very strict Victorian household staff including Mrs Bumbridge, the stern housekeeper. The children had to pretend that they were there to be assessed for a potential job. They were ushered into the house and given a range of tasks to complete including beating carpets, polishing saddles and making beds. They certainly learned a lot about how harsh life was as a Victorian and how difficult it was to find work in such a competitive market.

In the afternoon the pupils were presented to the mysterious lady of the house and they performed the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, by Alfred Lord Tennyson which, luckily for them, she was pleased with.

The two pupils that were commended for their hard work and appointed to work at Holdenby House were Olivia Messenger and Jack Pacey.