St Oswald’s Primary School – History Field Trip

Children standing on one of the early medieval lynchets.

Children standing on one of the early medieval lynchets.

We welcomed 90 children from St Oswalds’s Cof E Primary School today,  who came to hear about the history of the Park.

They heard the stories of what their parents, grandparents and great grandparents might have done in the Park – sledging, hay making, and attending bonfire night  .   Learnt that some of the features are very old; having been made by Angles before the Norman’s came to Britain.  Viewed the landscape carved out by the great glaciers, and heard about the time the Park was a warm sea, south of the equator.

Hearing about the great glaciers

Hearing about the great glaciers

They also heard the story of Frank and Albert Parkinson,  two local boys who built up an important manufacturing business, whilst looking after their staff and giving the Park to local people.

Some of their pottery finds

Some of their pottery finds

The idea that you could find lots of small artefacts around the Park relating to the past particularly caught their imagination, and they spent a good while running around on a treasure hunt – with some success.

We are luck to have been able to explore the history and landscape of the Park via a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and this year there will be information boards and leaflets to tell the story to all visitors.

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About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Vice Chairlady of Friends of Parkinson's Park, and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Day job - is a Business Analyst running Mutual Marketing, a customer service research, training and advisory business.
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