CANCELLED Joint outing for FoTW and FoGC members: Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi

Date(s) - 22nd May 2020

Hereford Cathedral



This will be a joint outing shared between the Friends of The Wilson and the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, the first of what we hope may become a number of future collaborations.

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, having neither the great tower of Gloucester nor the lovely riverside setting of Worcester.  All the same it is 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.

During our visit there will be three one-hour tours.  First, a tour conducted by one of the Guides will focus on the history and architecture of the Cathedral and its surrounding buildings – a journey from Norman to late twentieth century style.  Second, a tour of the stained glass, led by Adrian Barlow, will explore some of the Cathedral’s fine medieval, Victorian and 21st century windows; these include the largest stained glass window in Britain by the studio of Charles Eamer Kempe and, at the opposite extreme, two beautiful intimate windows by Tom Denny, celebrating the life of the 17th century Hereford mystic, Thomas Traherne.  The third tour will take us to visit both the Mappa Mundi and the Cathedral’s Chained Library, one of the finest anywhere in Britain.  This tour will be led jointly by the librarians of Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals, Dr Rosemary Firman and Rebecca Phillips.

Those taking part in this outing will be placed in three groups, each taking the three tours in rotation, with breaks in between.  The Cathedral Café in the Bishop’s Cloister offers coffee, light lunches and teas, but there will be time during the lunch break for members to explore the Cathedral Close and, if they wish, to visit one of the well-recommended cafés close by.  Maps and directions will be provided.

COST PER PERSON: £30.00 to include the coach fare, and the tours of the Cathedral, Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.  Refreshments and lunch are not included – members may make their own arrangements.

Pick-up points: Charlton Kings: Six Ways (outside Co-op) 08:50, Cheltenham: Royal Well Coach Station 09:00, Westall Green (opposite Texaco garage) 09:10, Gloucester: Westgate Car Park 09:30.  The coach will leave Hereford at 16:00 (return journey time approx. one and three-quarter hours).

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, or Paypal account, 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 30-91-87 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 Alleguen, 7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.




Bookings are now closed for this event.