Southwark was traditionally a starting point for Christians making the pilgrimage to Thomas Becket’s shrine in Canterbury, and it is pilgrims travelling from Southwark who are the subject of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In this trail, children will take on the role of one of Chaucer’s pilgrims as they consider not only the historical connection of Southwark to the Canterbury pilgrims, but also the significance of pilgrimage to religious people today.
During this interactive trail, children will also consider the life journey or pilgrimage of Christians which starts at Baptism.
This trail can be paired with our Hand-made Book workshop.
KS2: Handmade Book
Southwark Cathedral has connections with writers including Chaucer and Shakespeare. In a workshop that includes the opportunity to handle vellum and learn about ink making in history, children will make and bind their own book.