We began with a visit to Old Wardour Castle as we were especially interested in the story of Lady Blanche Arundell, who in 1643 defended Old Wardour during a siege whilst her husband was away. This was an unusual role for a woman to take on, but actually became more common during the civil war whilst many of the men were away fighting. During the visit we had a guided tour and explored the castle, thinking about the lives of the people who lived at the castle and noticing lots of the stone carvings.
Troopers and Snoopers
We explored stories of women during the civil war with a group of young people from the Army Welfare Service in Blandford.