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VERY horrible histories

Last weekend I went to Winchester with my mum and went to the Westgate Museum.

It was a pretty small place, maybe the size of your living room. It had the replica of a suit of armour which I tried on and it was HEAVY!

The reason being because in the British Civil War in the 1600s the soldiers had to wear big strong armour to protect themselves from swords. Their only weakness was arrows because the arrows were so strong that they PIERCED RIGHT THROUGH THEIR HELMETS AND WENT INTO THEIR BRAINS!

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I did say this was very horrible histories.

Luckily, the pikemen were protected by a special helmet which made the arrows slide away from their heads. The pikemen’s job were to have their pikes at the ready the whole time so if any enemies ran into them they would FALL ONTO THE PIKES AND THEIR GUTS WOULD SLIDE OUT! (OK, maybe I exaggerated a TINY bit on that one!)

The room itself had a dark history. It used to be a prison where prisoners were locked up and kept in the room with no food or water. Some prisoners did graffiti on the walls. If any prisoners escaped they would be ANCHORED TO THE WALL AND PIKED BY THE GUARDS!

Also, if there were drunk people, they would be locked in a tiny closet with lots of other people with no water or food for a whole night.

OK, have you vomited yet?


About Ben Williams

I am a 17 year old pop culture addict from the south of England. I write about Doctor Who, superheroes, fantasy, films and occasionally dive into the random world of British culture.

3 responses »

  1. I think your details were a bit too graphic!

    Excellent post!

  2. Gardner's World

    Great descriptions. You would probably like the Horrible Histories exhibition at the Submarine Museum in Gosport – well worth a visit.

  3. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement in Winchester « Janet's Notebook

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