9 July 2024

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On Friday, 5 July, a group of Year 8 students accompanied Mr Eccles, Mrs Cauchi and Mr Momoniat visited St Walburge's Church in Preston.   This is the first of what the Humanities Department hopes will become a series of trips to sites of cultural and historical significance in the Preston and Penwortham areas.

Thanks to the kindness of Canon Cristofoli and parishioner Maria, our pupils were given a tour of the Grade 1 listed building, with references made to its history (going back to the 12th century as a leper colony) and the establishment of the current church in the 1850s after a relaxation in anti-Catholic laws in England.

Lead Teacher of History Mr Eccles said, "We are so lucky to have such a cultural landmark on our doorstep, and many of pupils do not get a chance to step inside any church, let alone one of such significance. We are extremely grateful to Canon Cristofoli and Maria for giving up their time to speak to us.

”The pupils were also keen to explore the church's spire (the tallest of any parish church in Great Britain) but due to birds nesting there, a follow up trip has already been pencilled in for the Autumn term. 

Year 8 trip to St Walburges

Tags: History Trips Religious Education Humanities