Royal visit for Northwood Prep, Rickmansworth
PUBLISHED: 15:52 20 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:25 20 February 2013
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visited Northwood Prep in Rickmansworth on Wednesday to open the school's Centenary Trail
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visited Northwood Prep in Rickmansworth on Wednesday to open the schools Centenary Trail. The event is the culmination of the schools year-long centenary celebrations.
The Duke unveiled a commemorative plaque and opened the Centenary Trail which is has been designed to showcase historical importance of the schools current 13 acre site.
Lying beneath the schools rugby and cricket fields are the architectural remains The Manor of the More, an ancient manor whose history can be traced back to the eighth century. The Manor has a long history of royal associations, with its later residents including Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.
Today, the site is protected by English Heritage and continues to be excavated and studied by some of the UKs leading archaeologists and historian.
The trail runs through the site, providing information about the historical importance of the site. As part of the celebrations, The Duke and Duchess will see boys from Northwood Prep re-enact the signing of The Treaty of the More which took place on the current site in 1525; this peace treaty ended the long running war between England and France.
Trevor Lee, the schools headmaster commented, The Royal visit has created huge amounts of excitement amongst everyone at school. Im naturally delighted and very honoured that the Duke and Duchess are opening the Centenary Trail: the school and its site have a long association with royalty and given that the Duke has a keen interest in architecture, its a perfect celebration for everyone.
He added, The visit is also the culmination of the schools centenary celebration and weve enjoyed a wonderful year of activities to showcase our 100th birthday. Todays opening of the Centenary Trail highlights our strong links with the past, but just as the Manor accommodated changing times, so the school is constantly adapting and were already looking ahead to the educational challenges of the next 100 years.