Few of the many visitors who throng the pavements of Gloucestershire’s picturesque towns and villages realise how close they are to sculptures which are of the highest artistic quality.
The fashion of erecting monuments, often with effigies, to significant individuals or their families, and installing them in churches, grew in England from the Middle Ages onwards. At first, only members of the aristocracy or higher clergy were commemorated, but from the C16th onwards, monuments increasingly came to represent a wider range of social classes.
Gloucestershire is particularly rich in funeral monuments of all periods. Only three counties in England exceed it in terms of density; none does in terms of artistic quality.
Speaker John Reid discusses monuments at such places as Gloucester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and Chipping Campden which are of outstanding quality and national significance. As well as range of monuments in Bristol and its environs, not only in the cathedral but in such churches as the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Westbury-on-Trym, St Mary, Redcliffe and Winterbourne.
Refreshments available. Free parking on site.
Parking for this event will be at the Barn, BS36 1SE.