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Visit to Deerhurst Church and Hereford Cathedral
Date: 17th September 11
Location: Deerhurst Church, Gloucestershire, GL19 4BX
Contact: Walter Brooks
Phone: 01684 891159
Group: Archaeology and Heritage
Thanks to the organisation of local member Walter Brooks, we are pleased to offer this event in the Gloucester and Hereford area.
The party will meet at 1000 at Deerhurst Church in Gloucestershire for a briefing by the Chairman of the Friends of Deerhurst Church, and we will then photograph in the church and Odda's Chapel opposite. The church, once attached to a priory, is unusual in containing many elaborate Anglo-Saxon details, which include carvings and sculpture. Much of the work is believed to date from the 9th and 10th centuries, and there are also external features from the same period.
Odda's Chapel is another Saxon church, consecrated in 1056. With changed usage its significance was lost, and it was 'rediscovered' in 1865 by which time it was being used as a farmhouse.
The party will then depart (using their own transport) for Hereford, where arrangements have been made for us to photograph in the Cathedral. This dates from 1079, an earlier building on the site having been destroyed. There is Norman work from the earliest years of the building, and externally the crossing tower with ball flower embellishment (14th C) is the most notable feature. There are later features from many different eras, some as a result of the collapse of the western tower in 1786, and the cathedral contains many mediaeval monuments.
For those that wish, the party will be able to return to Deerhurst in the evening to attend the annual Deerhurst Lecture.
If you are interested in taking part, it is essential that you contact Walter Brooks (e-mail and phone given above) as soon as possible.