First our group went into the city and talked about the Castle and some other medieval buildings like the Guildhall, Norwich Cathedral and the market place. It was very interesting because I learnt a lot about old Norwich.
This morning I got on a coach to go and see the big Castle on a mound. I walked in and saw a Knight up in the air. When I walked into the other room I was amazed, there were billions of other places to go to - art gallery, animals. I went upstairs to see the olden day stuff. The toilets were different to ours, cooking area, turrets etc.
I was intrigued to learn that we were going to the Castle. We went on a coach and headed towards the Castle. It was first built of wood, but was converted to Caen stone a few years later. The vast mound it is on was made by hand, only 1 year after the Normans invaded! We went in and Gavin took us to a room with very comfortable chairs. He told us what the mystery in mystery plays meant and it was completely different to what I was expecting. It comes from the Latin word Ministerium, which means trade, so it should be medieval trade plays. He also told us the church used to read stories from the Bible, but then realised that people were getting bored, so started putting on plays and started putting more humour in. The Pope then said no to the church's plays, so the merchants started doing them. Thomas
Cringleford Primary School is located in the community of Cringleford in Norwich.
Working with Year 5
Lead Teacher: Mr McNicholas
The 2018 Schools Programme is supported by
Photographs by Gavin Bromley, Hollie Harrington and Peter Beck
The Norwich Medieveal Mystery Plays Community Interest Company