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Acacia Tree Finds...

Many of you will remember the acacia tree in the Gravel Quad at Castle Campus during your time at the School.  After 100 years, due to its decaying state, a decision was made to replce the tree. A replacement tree will be planted on Sunday 14th November, Remembrance Sunday (further news will follow after 14th November with the planting of the new acacia tree).  

Acacia Tree Finds...

With the felling od the tree, two little treasures were unearthed. The contractors were turning the last of the soil, readying the site for the new tree and came across this buckle. Nick Saunders (Head of Facilities) set about investigating the find and produced some information with a spot-on 15th century picture match. You will have to let your imaginations run free, as to how it lost itself in the soil, a century before the school came into being.

The second item is a rather worn but recognisable ball, possibly used in Fives (the school’s first courts were built in 1880).

There is no telling how big the original was, as the top layers have peeled away to reveal the solid mass underneath.

Both items are on display in the Exhibition Room at Castle.



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