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08 November 2019Gloucester Cathedral & Nature in Art
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Gloucester Cathedral & Nature in Art
Friday 08 November 2019

This visit will start with a guided tour of Gloucester Cathedral, then we will move on to Wallsworth Hall to visit the Nature in Art gallery.

The coach will leave Wickes car park at 8.45am, and should arrive back in Andover around 5.30pm.  There will be tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival at Gloucester, followed by a  60 minute tour of the cathedral.  At Wallsworth Hall we will have lunch, then an introductory talk and tour of the gallery.

NB  Lunch is not included in the £38 ticket price, but you can order and pay for your choice when you book your ticket.

Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,300 years.  At the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, the monastery was not thriving and in 1072 King William I appointed Serlo, a monk from Mont St Michel in Normandy to be its Abbot. An energetic, charismatic and devout man, Serlo built up the wealth of the monastery to the point where in 1089 he was able to start building the magnificent abbey church which so impresses the visitor today.  In 1216, Henry III was crowned here, and major building works in the 13th century included a first Lady Chapel and new Tower and refectory. Most importantly for the subsequent history of this place, in 1327, King Edward II was buried here. Royal patronage and popular devotion led to funds flowing into the abbey, and these enabled the magnificent remodelling of the east end to be carried out in the very latest “Perpendicular” style.

In the 15th century further building work included the remodelling of the west end, the building of the south porch and of the present tower and the present Lady Chapel. Henry VIII ordered the monasteries to be dissolved and Gloucester Abbey surrendered in January 1540. The abbey buildings became Gloucester Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Gloucester in 1541. No longer a community of monks, it was to be led by a Dean and a chapter of canons. With the restoration of the monarchy (after the civil wars and Commonwealth period) in 1660, the Dean and Chapter resumed the running of the Cathedral and that is how it is managed today.

After the tour and some free time to browse, we will move on to Wallsworth Hall for lunch, and the "Nature in Art" gallery.  Here we will find the world's first museum and art gallery dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by natue.  The collection is housed in a fine Georgian mansion, as featured in Simon Jenkins's book "England's 1000 Best Houses".  The collection emraces two- and three-dimensional work in all media and styles ranging from Pablo Picasso to David Shepherd.  Spanning 1500 years, it includes work by 600 artists from over 50 countries.