Lichfield Cathedral is a treasured landmark in the heart of the country where you can discover 1300 years of history in the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK. See a medieval wall painting, the famous Herkenrode stained glass, the Lichfield Angel and much more.
We will travel to Lichfield in an executive coach provided by Paul S Winson Coaches. From the drop-off point outside the Cathedral, we will go to The Old Stables, adjacent to Chapters, The Cafe in The Close for coffee/tea and biscuits. Suitably refreshed, we will assemble in front of the cathedral’s main entrance for a photo-shot before embarking on a 90 minute guided tour.
Consecrated on Christmas Day 700 AD, Lichfield Cathedral is among the earliest centres of Christian worship in the UK. After the invasion of 1066 the Normans built a new cathedral (of which only few traces remain), and a century or so later that was rebuilt in the Gothic style, and completed by c. 1340. Besieged three times in the Civil War, it suffered drastic damage, more than any other of our cathedrals. Rapidly repaired in a mere nine years its interior was rearranged at the end of the eighteenth century, and then ‘restored’ in the 19th century by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and that is the cathedral you will see. It is the only English medieval cathedral to have three spires – known locally as the ‘Ladies of the Vale’ – and is one of the most elegant in the country.
There are many eating venues close-by and places to picnic. ‘Chapters’ is convenient and offers varied and reasonably priced meals – more details on booking form. After lunch we are free to roam. Places of interest (admission free) include: the Erasmus Darwin House, Old Guildhall Prison Cells, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and St John’s Hospital.
Date & Timings: Saturday 10th June 2017
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.45 am. Arrive at Destination at c. 10.15 am.
Depart from Destination at 5.00 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 6.30 pm.
The cost of £26.50 per person includes coach travel, parking, coffee/tea on arrival, guided tour of the Cathedral and gratuities. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organiser with the full amount payable – cheques made out to Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 20th May. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.
Organiser: Peter Raikes. Tel: 01664 567118
The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.