1st Year local history treasure hunt

Students from 1A2 made the short trip down to St. Mary's church this morning for a treasure hunt. The students have been learning all about medieval churches recently and what better way to enhance their learning than to visit the real deal! Dating for the 12th century, the church really is a fascinating building with mysteries and stories hiding in every nook and cranny which tell the tale of Leixlip and its residents over the centuries.

The pupils had to gather information from ancient gravestones, make rubbings and sketches as well as gather other information. Niki Haveron even got a chance to play the church organ!  Students studied primary sources like the 18th century gravestone of Lancelot Harrison and his infant children and the poignant plaque erected by the heart-broken parents of Frederick Wookey who was killed in action in WWI. 

A fascinating trip in which we really appreciated how lucky we are to live in a town so rich in history. Thank you to Rector Scott Peoples who was an extremely kind and gracious host.  

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