Heritage open days Wymondham Abbey
From Thursday September 10 to Sunday September 13, Wymondham Abbey will be part of the national Heritage Open Days. The idea behind this scheme, which has been going for a number of years, is to offer people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences.
Whilst the Abbey is not very hidden, they are offering new experiences including tours every half hour, and bell tower tours will be available on the Sunday afternoon.
The muniment room (where they keep their archives) will also be open and refreshments will be available throughout the days.
Wymondham Abbey is jam-packed with angels of all shapes and sizes; golden angelic trumpeters, life-sized 15th Century carved oak roof angels high in the nave, stone angels whose faces were cut off by Oliver Cromwell's men, cherubim, six winged seraphim and more. So on Saturday September 12 they will be holding an Angel Day. This is an opportunity to learn, explore and wonder at them all. There will be free children’s craft – make your very own peg angel. Or you could count the Abbey angels – they believe there are about 200, but could do with some help to find out exactly how many!
At 3pm there will be an illustrated talk on ‘The Angel Roofs of East Anglia’ by Michael Rimmer. Michael is an acknowledged expert on the spectacular carved roofs of our region, and he himself acknowledges that Wymondham Abbey has one of the finest examples. The talk will last just under an hour and will be a fascinating insight into one of the wonders of church medieval architecture.
A week later, on Saturday September 19 at 11:00 will be one of their regular organ recitals. This time it's being given by Mike Webb, one of the Abbey's assistant organists. He will be playing music by Dupré, Duruflé, Vierne and Widor. Mike will finish in true French style by playing an improvisation on an unknown theme. Coffee will be served from 10:30. No tickets are required - just turn up! There'll be a retiring collection in aid of Abbey funds.
Finally the Abbey have designated Sunday September 20 as back to church Sunday. The idea is to invite someone 'back to church'. Someone who may have been to church before for a wedding, baptism or funeral or when they were young, perhaps for Sunday school – but haven’t been back since. So why not invite someone to come along to one of the services at Wymondham Abbey, a warm welcome awaits everyone.