Year 2 Visit to Skipton Castle

By September 23, 2015School News

Today Year 2 children have had a fantastic time at Skipton Castle. We learnt that Skip is Anglo Saxon for sheep and ton means town. 

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We found out that the castle was made of wood in 1090 and in 1190 it was knocked down and build from stone. The stone masons each had a special mark which they engraved on each stone they cut.

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We also learnt that people didn’t live as long as they do today, often because of poor hygiene. We looked at the bathroom and the toilet looked very different to our toilets today.

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Our guide told us the origin of the saying ‘the wrong end of the stick’ – yuck!

These are called trip steps, they were purposely made at different heights so attackers who didn’t know the castle would trip on them.

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There are many more photographs in the Gallery.