Visit to St.Edmundsbury Cathedral for a talk and guided tour with Dr Richard Hoggett on Thursday 7th July

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The Abbey was founded by King Canute in 1020 and the 1000th year anniversary celebrations planned for 2020 had unfortunately to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of these have now been re-instated for this year – including our visit which was originally planned for 2020! I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Dr Richard Hoggett as our speaker and guide for the visit. Dr Hoggett is an acknowledged heritage consultant and archaeologist who was commissioned a few years ago to research the history and national importance of the Abbey Church. This he has done splendidly and he must now be the leading expert on this Mediaeval shrine. He is a fine speaker and we are lucky to have him talk to us before lunch. After lunch he will guide us around the Abbey ruins. It promises to be a fascinating few hours. Dr David Rees (Emmanuel 1956) has very kindly offered to host the lunch for us at his home which is only a short walk away from the Cathedral.

The programme for the visit is;

10.30am: Meet for tea/coffee in Edmund Room which is in the Cathedral Centre (access is via the Cloisters and take the lift or stairs to the first floor). There is a large car park at Ram Meadow, Cotton Lane, IP33 1XP. The all day parking charge is £3. For those who use the RingGo parking ap (for cashless parking), the location code is 4483. The car park is ~700m walk from the Cathedral and takes about 10 minutes.

11.15am: Talk in Edmund Room by Dr Richard Hoggett on the history of the Abbey of St Edmundsbury.

12.30pm: Walk to the home of Dr David Rees at The Old Angel, 44 College Street for a lunch of sandwiches, sausage rolls, cake, wine and soft drinks.

After lunch: Guided tour of the Abbey ruins (sensible walking shoes recommended). The tour will take about an hour.

The cost is £25 per person.

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