AS students experience civil war in London

30 AS Historians enjoyed a history visit to London, to view sites linked to their study of The English Civil Wars. We travelled to St Mary’s Church, Putney where the Levellers Debates took place in 1647. This was the crucible of freedom, chosen by Timothy Garton Ash in his book Free World as the place where democracy started (the soldiers demanded a vote for every man – not yet women I am afraid). From there to The Banqueting House in Whitehall, a monument to Stuart Monarchy, with a famous ceiling painted by Rubens. It was through a window removed from the Banqueting Hall that Charles stepped on to a platform to be executed in January 1649. Buckingham Palace was our next port of call – The Queens Gallery – where we enjoyed viewing a superb collection of paintings (Charles I’s portrait by Van Dyck showing the three faces), jewellery and artefacts. The day concluded with a boat journey down the Thames from Westminster to the Tower. It was a particularly pleasant group, demonstrating the very best qualities of Bedalians.

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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