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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In Cirencester Parish Church on Saturday 4 November St Cecilia Singers are performing a concert entitled “A Book of Hours – Music from the Monastic Day”
Guy de la Bédoyère – Praetorian: Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard
One of Britain’s leading historians Guy de la Bédoyère is author of a widely-admired series of books on Roman history and has appeared on programmes including Channel 4’s Time Team and Channel 5’s Pompeii Live. His critically-acclaimed new book tells the story of the Praetorian Guard who defended the Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine, exploring the history of Imperial Rome through their eyes. Vivid and accessible – and told with clarity and panache – Guy’s story of the Praetorian Guard is ‘warmly recommended both to aspiring tyrants and the ordinary armchair historian.’
Date: Sunday 19 November
Venue: Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NX
Booking Ref: A2
Ticket Price: £5
Tickets to these two events in Cirencester can be booked via the Gloucester History Festival’s booking system at Gloucester’s Tourist Information Centre. Call 01452 396 572 or buy online at www.gloucesterticketshop.co.uk
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.