Joint visit for FoTW and FoGC members: Hereford Cathedral

Date(s) - 13th Feb 2023

Hereford Cathedral


This will be the long-awaited joint outing shared between the Friends of The Wilson and the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, which was postponed from 2020.

Hereford Cathedral is always linked, because of the Three Choirs Festival, with Gloucester and Worcester, but is perhaps the most reticent of the three cathedrals. It is nonetheless a fine building with a great deal to see and enjoy, not least the unique Mappa Mundi. This dates from c.1300 and is the largest medieval map still known to exist.

A rich and hopefully rewarding day consisting of four tours has been arranged for our group. First, a tour of the cathedral itself with one of the dedicated cathedral guides, with a focus on architecture and history. Second, a tour of the stained glass, led by Adrian Barlow, will explore some of the cathedral’s fine medieval, Victorian and twenty-first-century windows. The third tour will take us to visit the Mappa Mundi and the cathedral’s Chained Library, one of the finest anywhere in Britain. Finally, we have a special presentation of objects and books pertaining to Gloucester Abbey and links with Hereford and Gloucester in the cathedral reading room.

We will divide into three groups, each taking the tours in rotation. Refreshments (not included) may be taken in the Cathedral Café or in one of the eateries close by on arrival or at lunchtime. Maps and directions will be provided.
We depart Hereford at about 4.30 p.m. for Cheltenham.

Group leaders: Adrian Barlow (FoTW) & Robert Ingram (FoGC)


Pick-up points: Six Ways (by Co-op) 8.45 a.m.; Royal Well Coach Station; 8.55 a.m.; Evesham Road Pittville Pump Room bus stop (northbound) 9.05 a.m.; Westgate Car Park Gloucester 9.30 a.m.

Terms and conditions for our trips and talks can be found here.

If you have any questions please phone Martha on 01242 526601.

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card can be made using the form below. Alternatively you may reserve your place, select the ‘off-line’ payment option and pay by bank transfer or cheque.
  • Bank transfer – please email and wait for confirmation that places are available before arranging your bank transfer.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here or available in the Friends’ newsletter) and post it with your cheque.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Bank transfers should be made to Friends of The Wilson (or as much of that as the bank will accept) Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH Hereford.

Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Martha Alleguin,7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.



This event is fully booked, but if you would like to be added to our waiting list please email