Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey
It was a rainy, drizzly day so we decided to visit the Cathedral and the Abbey. Our first stop was in Gloucester at the Cathedral. We had a slight detour around the construction of the new courtyard, but we finally made our way inside.
The magnificent Cathedral was built in 1100 as a Norman abbey church and survived the Dissolution thanks to its historical connection with the monarchy. It was from this church that William I ordered the Domesday Book. It has been the location of filming more than one Harry Potter movie. It was also the venue for the crowning of young Henry III, and it was the burial site for the murdered King Edward II in 1330. This was probably the reason King Henry VIII didn’t destroy the Cathedral during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The cloisters were used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for some Hogwarts School scenes. We spent a while taking photos and enjoying the beautiful Cathedral before visiting the gift shop.
Our next stop was Tewkesbury Abbey, the Abbey Church of St. Mary the Virgin, a former Benedictine monastery started in the 12th Century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, it became the parish church for the town. The building was a sanctuary for some of the defeated Lancastrians after the Battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses in 1471 and had to be purified and re-consecrated after the Yorkist forced their way into the abbey resulting in bloodshed.
We stopped in the Abbey’s Tea Shop for tea and cake to get out of the rain. I was surprised to find a banner for “de Hastings” among several banners hanging from the beams in the shop. No one seemed to know the origin of the banners.