A YEAR LONG FESTIVAL IN 2017
2017 sees the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary, in Cirencester, by King Henry 1 in 1117. Although relations between Abbey and townspeople were sometimes difficult as the Abbey was powerful and held sway over everyone’s life, the wealth it brought to the town became the foundation of the economy we enjoy today.
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Cirencester Choral Society performGloria! Magnificat! – A concert to commemorate Cirencester’s Abbey900 Anniversary
including Vivaldi Gloria and settings of the Magnificat by Vivaldi, Pachelbel and Pergolesi, with the Corelli Orchestra
Cirencester Parish Church, Saturday 25th November at 7.30 pm
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TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER
Abbott John Blake surrendered Cirencester Abbey on 19 December 1539. The King’s Commissioners ordered the Abbey to be destroyed, except for those buildings of use to future tenants. Lead was stripped from the roofs and windows and saved for the King. The Crown sold the Abbey’s treasures of silver plate, gold, and other valuables.
On TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER there will be a muffled peal of bells at Cirencester Parish Church to mark this anniversary.