History and Heritage: Abbeys and Priories - 2 nights : John Vigar

WI Member: £430.00

Non Member: £470.00


Starts: Monday, 24 February 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 4

Tutor: John Vigar

Five hundred years ago the country was dotted with monastic houses from enormous churches like Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, home to hundreds of canons, to the tiny Bilsington Priory in Kent, with only a handful. Yet their cumulative influence on the nation was profound. In the 16th century all 700 were closed and this course explores a representative selection to discuss their architecture and history. Includes visits to the beautiful Dorchester Abbey, now a parish church, Reading Museum to learn about the town's royal foundation and a working monastery, Douai Abbey.

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