St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Year 6 Visit St Chad's Cathedral

November 2008

In preparation for their Confirmation in February 2009, the two Year 6 classes visited St Chad's Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham.

The pupils were given a guided tour of the magnificent Gothic Cathedral which was designed by renowned architect Pugin, who also designed parts of the Houses of Parliament.

Pugin also designed Alton Castle, the Catholic retreat centre in Staffordshire, where the Year 6 children spent an exciting and fun-filled three days earlier this month.

During their visit to St Chad's, they also learned about the 'miracle' of the bouncing bomb which hit the cathedral during the Second World War. The bomb hit a huge water-filled radiator, which burst, extinguishing the fire which could have devastated the building.

The children learned about the history of the Cathedral, which was the first to be built in England after the Reformation, when being a Catholic was made 'legal'. They also heard the interesting story of St Chad and how some of his bones were saved from destruction after King Henry VIII ordered his shrine in Lichfield to be dismantled.