Although it is the second smallest cathedral in the country, Chelmsford Cathedral holds one of the leading collections of modern ecclesiastical art in England. Mark Cazalet's painting depicting The Tree of Life fills the end wall of the North Transept. In 2014, to celebrate the Cathedral's centenary, a new window - also by Mark Cazalet - was installed. The South Porch honours the US airmen stationed in the area since WWII. Other sculptures include Christ in Glory by Peter Eugene Ball. Also in 2014, a centenary mosaic was commissioned, and over 100 people, mostly under the age of 18, took part in its creation. The Cathedral hosts many concerts and events including a free Friday lunchtime concert.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Wheelchairs available, induction loop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily; Mon-Sat 7.45am-6pm, Sun 7.30–6
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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