Visit to Hereford Cathedral with the Friends of the Wilson

Visit to Hereford Cathedral with the Friends of the Wilson

29 January 2021
Arrival 10.30am

Simon Jenkins describes Hereford as ‘a cathedral of all-sorts’. Like all the ancient British cathedrals, it tells the story of building and rebuilding; of fires, collapsing towers; of restoration that would later be admired for its audacity or denounced as wanton vandalism.

Its riverside position gives it a picturesque appeal, but as a building it is less assertive than either of its Three Choirs neighbours, Worcester and Gloucester.

Among Hereford’s treasures is the world-famous Mappa Mundi (c.1300), now housed, along with the very fine chained library, in a modern building (1996). The Cathedral houses some of the most striking contemporary cathedral art and decoration in Britain, including the restored shrine of Bishop Thomas Cantilupe, the great Corona hovering over the nave altar and two of Thomas Denny’s finest (and unexpectedly intimate) windows (2007) celebrating Thomas Traherne, Hereford’s great mystical writer of the 17th century.

Our visit on 29 January 2021 will consist of three guided tours:

  1. The history and architecture of the Cathedral, led by cathedral guides;
  2. The stained glass from the 14th to the 21st century, led by Adrian Barlow and
  3. The Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, led by Rosemary Firman and Becky Phillips, the Hereford and Gloucester Cathedral Librarians respectively.

There will be ample free time to explore the Cathedral Close and to have lunch either in the Cloister Café or in one of the cafés nearby (or bring your own picnic). Like all old cathedrals, Hereford has some uneven floors and steps, but everywhere is wheelchair accessible. (For full details see www.hereford-cathedral.org/accessibility.)

Pick-up points:

8.45am (Charlton Kings)
9.00am Royal Well (Cheltenham)
9.10am Westall Green (Tivoli)
9.30am Westgate St Car Park (Gloucester)

10.30am Arrive at Hereford Cathedral approx.
4.00pm Departure from Hereford

Booking Procedure

Booking is via the Friends of the Wilson website and will open on 15 October. Tickets will cost £35, to cover the cost of the coach, admission and guides.  N.B. Tickets bought for the original trip in May 2020 will not be valid. The procedure will be:

Online: Go to www.friendsofthewilson.org.uk/events and select the box marked HerefordFoGC.

Via the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral office: A customised form for our members will be available by contacting the office at office.administrator@fogc.co.uk or by phoning 01452 522419 and giving your name, phone number and address.


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