A Turton Tower Victorian Christmas Visit

Published Wednesday 9 December 2020 at 11:01

This week pupils from Turton and Edgworth CE/Methodist Primary School visited Turton Tower for a Victorian Christmas experience.

The children from Year 6 had been studying the Victorians and the class decided to visit Turton Tower to experience a Victorian Christmas for themselves, while following current Covid-safety guidelines.

Teacher Mrs Brierley said: “The class had a lovely time learning about different aspects of Christmas for the Victorians, and they were especially pleased to meet Father Christmas too!”

Turton Tower is a manor house of historical importance in Chapeltown, North Turton managed by Blackburn with Darwen Council. It’s been evolving over the last 600 years, fom a stone tower house in the 1400s to the home of the Tudor Orrell and, later, the Victorian Kay Families.

Turton Tower’s Education Officer, Ally Hodgson, said: “We are delighted that schools are visiting Turton Tower again. It was wonderful for our education staff to hear the joyous voices of excited children resounding throughout the building once more. Due to Coronavirus restrictions across Lancashire and beyond, visits to Blackburn Museum and Turton Tower have been greatly reduced. Field trips are an essential part of bringing history to life for young people.”

While visitors have been forced to stay home to help stop the spread of Covid-19, both Turton Tower and Blackburn Museum have been busy publishing fantastic video history lessons on their YouTube channels.

Chair of the Turton Tower Charitable Funds Committee, Councillor Damian Talbot, said: “It’s wonderful that in spite of all the difficulties that we’ve faced this year we have still been able to accommodate some school visits.  The Tower is both a great way to illustrate local history and also a beautiful place to visit.”

Watch: Turton Tower – YouTube

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