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The key to fond memories

Stella Good recently returned a very special key to the Cathedral

There’s something fascinating about finding an unknown key, isn’t there? What does it unlock, who does it belong to, and what story does it have to tell?

Earlier this year, Stella Good found exactly that when she was searching through a cupboard filled with things that had been left to her by her late husband, Nigel, who died in 2006. His father was Donald Arthur Good, former Chapter Steward of Gloucester Cathedral during the late 1970s and 80s, and Nigel had inherited many of his father’s possessions.

Stella’s search revealed a key which Nigel had framed in a deep box frame, still wrapped in bubble wrap from the framing company. Hidden away under the key in the frame was a label, which read ‘The Key to the Crypt of Gloucester Cathedral.’

Stella decided that the key should be returned to the Cathedral. When lockdown restrictions allowed, she visited us and generously gave the key to Emily MacKenzie, who is our current Chapter Steward.

We think you’ll agree that it is a truly remarkable key, that comes with an equally remarkable story!

Thank you to Stella for giving it to us.


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