Lower Grammar's Sunday Trip to Lancaster Castle
It was a suitably bleak, windy, wet day for Lower Grammar's visit to Lancaster Castle on Sunday. Built on the remains of a Roman fort the castle was a strategic site on the road to Scotland for many years. Up until spring this year the castle was used as a gaol and is still used as a Court of Justice.
LG (year 9) enjoyed a terrific tour by a very knowledgeable guide who regaled us with the most gory of details about the famous Lancashire witch trials and the gruesome executions of the English Martyrs. Pupils noted the connections with Stonyhurst, pointing out coats of arms of Stonyhurst and Lancashire families, some of whose descendents are still being educated at the College.
The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the moment when almost all Lower Grammar boarders volunteered to be locked in an ancient cell in complete and eerie darkness. Staff smirked evilly as the door clanged shut! However, the respite was brief as LG were released early for good behaviour after a sentence of a few minutes.