Children from Tilney take a step back into the Victorian era

PUBLISHED: 16:49 19 October 2016

Children from Tilney visit Great Cressingham Victorian School House

Children from Tilney visit Great Cressingham Victorian School House

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Tilney All Saints children took a step back in time when they visited a special museum.

Children from Tilney visit Great Cressingham Victorian School HouseChildren from Tilney visit Great Cressingham Victorian School House

Children from Year three and four experienced a day in the life of a Victorian school child at Great Cressingham Victorian School House.

The youngsters dressed as Victorian children, learnt the “Three R’s” using ink pens and blotting paper and learnt about the Great Victorian Empire.

They also played traditional Victorian games in the playground.

Pupil Jamie Thorpe said: “I really liked the hoop you have to push.”

Abby Bunting said: “It was fun not having any plastic lunch boxes – you had to have bread and cheese and fruit wrapped in brown paper.”

Class teacher Jennifer Lancaster said: “The children learnt so much about how their Victorian ancestors may have experienced school life.”

The Great Cressingham school building was built in 1840.

It was used as a local authority school until 1992 when it was bought by Tom and Sally North.

The couple restored it as closely as possible to how it would have been in Victorian times including heating it by a coal fired “Tortoise” stove and lit by an oil lamp.

The school was featured in the BBC TV Landmark series on Victorian Childhood and has been visited by thousands of school children for educational trips since 1994.

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