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Stone carving and family fun for Heritage Open Day
Sat 11 September, 2021 at 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Watch skilled stonemasons from the Guild of St Stephen and St George at work and then, with their guidance, try carving yourself if you wish. A great opportunity to learn more about this craft and how Bath Abbey is full of remarkable stonecarving, much of which is around 500 years old.
A family trail and craft activity for children (aged approximately 5 to 12 years) are also available.
Bath Abbey is the last major church in England of the Gothic period and has some of the finest stone carving in England. The famously beautiful fan vaulting was begun by Robert and Wiliam Vertue in about 1500 who also worked at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle. The Chantry Chapel has finely carved medieval imagery showing birds, leaves, Tudor roses and even a dragon. So, there’s lots to discover at our Heritage Open Day event.
- Masks will be worn by the masons and visitors are asked to do the same
- Gloves will be given to anyone handling tools
- Protective eye glasses will be disinfected before next use
- Craft activity will be in individualised, prepared packs to avoid sharing of materials and equipment.
- Surfaces will be regularly disinfected.