Barbers’ Visit to Canterbury : 7 & 8 July 2017

A group of members of the Company, led by the Master and Mistress Barber, visited Canterbury on 7 & 8 July 2017. 

On Thursday morning we were given a fascinating talk and tour of the stained glass windows by Dr Rachel Koopmans and, in the afternoon, we visited the Cathedral’s Archives and Library, where Cressida Williams and Karen Brayshaw introduced us to some wonderful charters, maps and books, some specialising in early medicine.

After Evensong in the Quire, a drinks reception was held in the garden of the Lodge, overlooking the Cathedral.  After dinner, we were taken on a pilgrimage around the Cathedral by the Canon Librarian, Revd Christopher Irvine, whose enthusiasm and pride in all he spoke about was very inspiring.

The next day, a walking tour had been organised and we were taken around the grounds of the Cathedral and the King’s School, and through the streets before arriving at Eastbridge Hospital.  There we were greeted by the Trustees and staff, who gave us a tour of the Hospital, gardens and Grey Friars, the first Franciscan friary in England.  They laid on lunch for us before everyone returned home, exhausted!

Henrietta Courtauld