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Monks, Cloisters, and Herb Bags at Gloucester Cathedral

The Year 7 pupils were awe struck as they approached the impressive façade of Gloucester Cathedral. This magnificent building, founded over 900 years ago left them staring in wonder at the sheer size and scale of the tower and the intricacy of the stonemasonry.  History and Art dovetail perfectly in trips such as these and the pupils enjoyed dressing as monks as they walked along the cloisters, writing with quills and making herb bags.

In addition, the tour of the crypt and learning all about the architectural and spiritual uses of gargoyles and grotesques, left them fascinated as they selected ‘grotesques’ to sketch in the Cloisters Garden. A pupil wrote: ‘I thought our trip to Gloucester Cathedral was very interesting. My favourite part was learning about the stone work and how each block of stone had been created. Another thing I learnt was that part of the roof was not finished inside, as the monks’ stone masons had to concentrate on making Edward II’s tomb look great!’

Although that monarch was less than successful, the fact that his tomb is there, saved the building from being totally destroyed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries and Henry decided it could become a cathedral. Following the trip, Year 7 will develop their sketches and study gargoyles in greater detail.

I thought our trip to Gloucester Cathedral was very interesting. My favourite part was learning about the stone work and how each block of stone had been created. Another thing I learnt was that part of the roof was not finished inside, as the monks’ stone masons had to concentrate on making Edward II’s tomb look great!