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Herries Pupils at Hughendon 


(28 November 2012)


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Year 5 pupils from Herries School in Cookham Dean were able to go back in time on Thursday 22 November when they visited the home of Benjamin Disraeli at Hughendon Manor near High Wycombe. 

Jesse Sumroy writes :


The day started off outside the church where we split into two groups. We started off as poor people. As we entered the church, we sat at the back and sang the carol Good King Wenceslas. The rich people left the church before us. While we were walking up to the woodman’s cottage we had to collect some sticks for the fire. In the cottage we made Chinese lanterns, wreaths, and we also did a tools quiz.


After that we became rich people and we walked up to the manor parlour.  In there we played with Victorian style toys and we got to dress up in Victorian dresses. We also got to write with a real Victorian quill pen! I enjoyed this lot! As well as all that we got to make lavender bags and a Thaumatrope! Holly S and I both made lavender bags and we wrote a Victorian style letter to Father Christmas. Holly and I had a photo taken together in Victorian dresses, by the fire, holding tea cups as well. My favourite thing that we played with was the spinning top.


I loved Hughendon Manor so much. My favourite part was probably playing with all the different toys in the parlour.

Holly Mason writes :

In the parlour there was dressing up, playing with Victorian toys and making athaumatrope, making a lavender bag and writing with a Victorian pen that you dip in ink. A thaumatrope is a thing that you spin and then two pictures turn into one.


After we did all of those activities we went to Benjamin Disraeli’s house. We went into the dining room. We saw Queen Victoria’s seat. We know it was hers because she was quite small so her seat is small. We also went into a room where the ladies would go after they ate. As well as that we went into the library.


A Victorian Thaumatrope



A thaumatrope is a small disc, held on opposite sides of its circumference by pieces of string.  An image is drawn on each side of the disc, and is selected in such a way that when the disc is spun, the two images appear to become superimposed.  To spin the disc, one string is held in a hand, and the disc is rotated to wind the string.  Then, both strings are held, and the disc is allowed to rotate. Gently stretching the strings will ensure that they continue to unwind and rewind.  This motion causes the disc to rotate, first in one direction and then in the opposite.  The faster the disc rotates, the greater the clarity of the illusion.

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