Common Ground and Sacred Space (FOGC event)

Wednesday 26 April

Common Ground and Sacred Space – The history and development of the precincts of Gloucester Cathedral

A study day for Friends members only (limited spaces)

The area around Gloucester Cathedral, which we refer to as the precincts, had its origin as a ‘Sacred Space’ some 1,300 years ago. The dissolution of St Peter’s Benedictine Abbey in 1541 meant that this Sacred Space also became ‘Common Ground’, a space which evolved into the area we see today.

Richard Auckland has spent the last eight years writing a detailed study of this area. He has given a number of talks and presents videos based on this.

This Study Day will be an opportunity learn about the history, people and buildings that make up this fascinating space.

It will start with light refreshments, followed by a 45-minute illustrated presentation by Richard. After a lunch break, Richard will lead a tour of the precincts, including visiting areas not normally open to the public. This tour is expected to last about two hours. The day will then end with light refreshments.

The schedule for the day:

  1. 10:30 Coffee and biscuits

  2. 11:00 – 12:00 Talk on the history 40-45 mins (hour with questions)

  3. 12:15- 13:00 Lunch

  4. 13:00 - 15:00 Walk and talk about 2 hours

  5. 15:15- 16:15 Tea and cake

Ticket price: £40 including lunch and refreshments

April 26, 2023
Opening times
Wednesday 26 April 10.30am-4.15pm
Parliament Rooms 12 College GreenGloucesterGL1 2LX
Adult £40
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Getting Here

  • Address

    12 College Green Gloucester GL1 2LX
  • Map

  • How to find us

    The Cathedral is located in the historic heart of Gloucester and our spectacular tower can be seen from many spots in and around the city.

    Click here to download or print off a guide on ‘Getting to Gloucester Cathedral’

  • Parking

    We are sorry that due to limited space, parking in the Cathedral Close is restricted to pass holders only.

    There are eight disabled parking spaces which are for use by Blue Badge holders on a first come first served basis.

    However, there are several public car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.

    To find out more please download our parking guide or click here for up-to-date information.

  • Arriving by Public Transport

    The Cathedral is located in Gloucester Town Centre, so the best way to get here is by public transport.

    We are a 10-15 minute walk from both the train and bus stations. You can also use Gloucester’s Park and Ride.

    Click here for more information about this service.

  • Cycling

    There are bike racks available on Cathedral Green. Route 41 of the National Cycle Network runs through the Cathedral grounds – find out more about the route here.