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A Day in Bristol
Tuesday 22 October 2019

The day begins with a guided visit to SS Great Britain, Brunel's great ship, described at the time as 'the ship that changed the world' and when launched in 1843 'the greatest experiment since Creation'! It was the longest passenger ship built. Sadly its days of greatness were limited and it eventually ended up abandoned in the Falkland Islands. Rescued in 1970 and floated back to Bristol it has been comprehensively restored to its original splendour

The afternoon will be spent in Bristol Cathedral.  Formerly a Benedictine  Abbey, the church building was raised to the status of a cathedral by Henry VIII on creating the new diocese of Bristol in 1541. The Romanesque Chapter House survives from the 13th century, while the choir and transepts were built in the 14th century. The nave, already planned and with foundations already laid, was abandoned with the dissolution of the abbey, and it was not until 1888 that the magnificent nave and western towers were completed  by George Street and John Pearson.    We should be in the Catehdral in time for the Tuesday lunchtime recitial.