Tewkesbury Abbey & Deerhurst

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Wednesday 20 June 2012 - 10:25 until 15:00

Although the Abbey was founded in 1087 by nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the present Abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion when consecrated in 1121.

Tewkesbury Abbey is famous for the medieval stained glass in its seven quire windows. However, it is less well known that the Abbey also possesses a fine collection of Victorian stained glass, as well as some excellent modern examples. Meeting in the Abbey we will be given a guided tour.

After the tour there will be a lunch break at the Farmer's Arms before continuing to Deerhurst for our guided visit of the Saxon church St. Mary.

The church was already in existence in 804 when Æthelric, son of Æthelmund, bequeathed extensive lands to the community at Deerhurst. Both Æthelric and Æthelmund were probably buried here. In the first half of the 9th century Deerhurst seems to have been one of the most important religious foundations of the kingdom of the Hwicce, a sub-kingdom of Mercia.

From St. Mary we shall continue to Odda's Chapel, a small late Saxon church, which lay undiscovered for centuries, its walls hidden amidst the rambling rooms of the 17th century farmhouse known as Abbot’s Court.

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