Celebrating 700 Years of St Andrews Cathedral

Sunday, July 1, 2018
2.00pm – 4.00pm

FPW Guided Walk. An ‘Exceptional and Prestigious Church’: A Walk Celebrating 700 Years of St Andrews Cathedral.

July marks 700 years since the consecration of St Andrews Cathedral, which was once the largest building in the country and the religious heart of medieval Scotland. St Andrews was described as an ‘exceptional and prestigious church, the lady and mistress of the whole kingdom’ (Walter Bower). Yet the upheavals of the Reformation, and the following centuries, transformed both the Cathedral and the burgh of St Andrews – causing only fragments of the medieval buildings to survive.

Join Dr Bess Rhodes of St Andrews University on a walk to discover more about the glories that met medieval visitors to St Andrews and the hints of past splendour that remain. Walking through the former suburb of Argyle and entering the town via the 16th century West Port, sites include the remains of the late medieval Dominican friary, the parish church of Holy Trinity, and the College of St Mary. It will finish with an exploration of the Cathedral’s ruins, which Historic Environment Scotland has kindly granted us free admission to for this event.

The walk is easy through the town c.1 mile. Sensible footwear and waterproof coat recommended

Dr Rhodes is a historian specialising in late medieval and early modern Scottish history. She is head of historical research for Smart History (an inter-disciplinary team based in St Andrews focused on applying new technologies to the study and interpretation of the past), and is part of the St Andrews 1559 project - which is developing a digital reconstruction of the burgh of St Andrews as it appeared just before the Reformation.



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