Form 2 Visit to Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth

Friday 25th May 2018

To further their understanding of the History topic ‘Smuggling’ Form 2 set off to Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth.  Built in 1753, Gunsgreen House was designed by John Adam for a local man named John Nisbet.  By day, Nisbet was a local merchant, but by night he was a notorious smuggler. 

After a scenic journey in the summer sun the class were met by Tony and Jenna, the guides for the day. Firstly, the children took part in an art workshop where they each made a smuggler mask and created a ‘wanted’ poster.


Gunsgreen 2

Gunsgreen 3

The boys and girls then had the opportunity to look around the fascinating house.  Highly taxed goods such as brandy, tobacco and tea were smuggled and hidden in Gunsgreen House.  It was fun finding the secret tea chute behind the walls, rifles and bottles of wine hidden in the stairway cupboards and going through the secret fireplaces and passages. We would thoroughly recommend Gunsgreen House as a place to visit if you have a spare day in half term.  Thanks to Mrs Lewington, Maddy and Dani for accompanying the class.

Mrs S Fresle

Jules Birdsall, 28/05/2018