Swapping the Abbot for a Dean - Lecture: Postponed

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** Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 16th March requesting the cessation of all ‘non-essential contact’ and to stop all unnecessary travel, we have decided to postpone this talk.

We know that many of you will be disappointed, as so many tickets have been sold.

We are planning to reschedule the talk later in the year, and Dr Fisher has already agreed to this course of action.  It is not yet possible to set a date, and as Coronavirus developments are ongoing, please bear with us. As soon as we can organise a new date, we will let you know.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we were all looking forward to the talk, but have no desire to put anyone at risk.

All good wishes

Margaret Austen              Clair Chilvers

Chairlady                          Chair – Events Committee


The creation of Gloucester Cathedral, with a brief glimpse at what happened at Worcester and Hereford in the Early Reformation

The medieval cathedrals of England are a survival of the Middle Ages, a result of Henry VIII's version of Reformation. These cathedrals live on today with many features recognisable from the medieval past such as Deans and Chapters of canons, choristers and lay clerks. What were the cathedrals like at the end of the medieval period? How many were there and how were they organised? Why did Henry choose to create six new dioceses and cathedrals, including Gloucester, in the 1540s? Some possible explanation and answers will be illustrated with particular reference to cathedral institutions and the cities of the Three Choirs Festival, which form a unique cluster in the west of England.

Earlier this year Dr Richard Fisher completed his PhD, examining the cathedrals of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester in the sixteenth century

The lecture will be followed by tea in the Chapter House

Event details

  • Date - Saturday 21st March 2020
  • Time - 2-3pm followed by tea in the Chapter House
  • Venue - Lady Chapel, Gloucester Cathedral
  • Ticket prices - Friends £10.00, Non-members £12.50
  • Booking deadline - 3 March 2020


  • Download a booking form, and return by post to 11a College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX or by email to office.administrator@fogc.co.uk
  • Phone the Friends office to reserve tickets - 01452 522419 (voicemail out of office hours, please leave your name and phone number, and ideally an email address so we can contact you to arrange payment by cheque or bank transfer)
  • Apply online via our old website. If you encounter any problems, please contact the office: [EVENT POSTPONED]
  • Visit the Friends office (we are usually open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 0930 to 1230), we can accept payments in cash or by cheque

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