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Manchester High School for Girls

A HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR WITH JONATHAN SCHOFIELD

On Saturday 28th April, Mrs Hewitt welcomed Jonathan Schofield to Manchester High to host a historical walking tour followed by afternoon tea for 20 alumnae and parents.

Working with the school archivists, Jonathan put together a personalised tour of the area that surrounds Manchester High. He promised a memorable tour that would shed some light on the characters that shaped the area and city as a whole and one that would be, ‘…the complete opposite of a bore!”.

Tony and Jacqueline Lyons with Jonathan Schofield

As the walking party set off from the Sixth Form Centre, Jonathan took our guests on a tour of the local area relaying stories from the 1600’s through to the current day; with pit stops at the one of a kind terracotta Holy Trinity Church, the missing Abraham Lincoln statue and Platt Hall, the former home of Manchester’s first MP, Charles Worsley.

The tour finished back at School with an excerpt from former headmistress Sara Burstall’s book and a whistle-stop tour of the history of Man High itself.

The walking tour was followed up by a delicious afternoon tea in the Zochonis Lecture Theatre and the chance to reflect on all of the information Jonathan had shared, Class of 1967 alumna Jacqueline Lyons said: “It has been great to meet up with old school friends and colleagues. Jonathan was fascinating - he has such a treasure-trove of knowledge and I think we all learned a lot!”

Jonathan telling our guests the fascinating history of Holy Trinity Church in Platt Fields Park