Cathedral marks Heritage Open Weekend...
Cathedral marks Heritage Open Weekend
A chance to find out more about the books and the bells of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, will form part of the Cathedral’s annual participation in Heritage Open Weekend.
The Cathedral is offering three opportunities to find out more about parts of the Cathedral which are not usually open to the public.
Firstly on Friday 13 September the Cathedral’s Ancient Library is open from 2.00 pm.
Situated above the main entrance of the Cathedral, this is the oldest parish library in the country and contains a wealth of interesting and intriguing books which have been donated to the library over the centuries.
Help will be on hand to tell you more about the books on display. Timed tickets, available from the Tourist Information Centre, are required to visit the Library.
On Saturday 14 September the Norman Tower, the bell ringing tower, will be open for timed, ticketed tours at 10.00 am, 10.45 am, 11.30 am, 12.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 2.30 p.m. and 3.15 pm).
Bellringers will be on hand to explain the art of bell ringing and the story of the bells themselves. It does not include a visit to the rooftop. Minimum age 8 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors must be fit enough to climb a narrow spiral staircase.
Also on Saturday 14 September only, the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, will have the grand entrance hall of her house open for visitors.
The Deanery, situated in the Great Churchyard, beyond the West Front, is the former Clopton’s Almshouse and will be open to visitors from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Refreshments will be available.
‘There are so many parts of our local town which are hidden away for most of the year,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR Manager for St Edmundsbury Cathedral. ‘This is a once-a year chance to find out more about key buildings – and it’s all free of charge.’
All Heritage Open Weekend events are free of charge (though some require tickets including the Ancient Library and Norman Tower tours) and are co-ordinated by the Tourist Information Centre.
Please contact 01284 764667 for further information and tickets.