We had a fabulous village history trail looking for clues in old photographs and spotting things which had changed and things which have stayed the same. Our route took us to Wall End to recreate a 1920’s photograph. Then we worked out where Sound Bridge would be and followed the incline path to the old quarry offices at Marshside. Next stop was the station looking at the site of a train crash in the 1930’s and discussing the history of the bridge. We discovered the Railway Pub, bank, coop and post office. Finishing off with a look at photos of Four Lane Ends and Herchell Terrace (with another bank). The children were surprised at how many businesses there were and lots of discussions were had about why changes had happened. The biggest surprise was the photograph of Elephants on Herchell Terrace! They never expected that one!
The afternoon was taken up with our on site dig and the children learnt how to use the metal detector and probe as well as how to work like archaeologists. They are enthusiastic for more digging time on Wednesday and Thursday.