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Sculpture of first Abbess to be unveiled at Gloucester Cathedral

Posted on 19th June 2013

Visitors to Gloucester in the coming weeks have the opportunity to discover more about the incredible history of the city’s cathedral after a life-size sculpture of the first Abbess was created.

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Abbess Kyneburgha is known as the sister of Osric, an Anglo Saxon prince who established a religious community in Gloucester between 678 & 679 AD. Master mason Pascal Mychalysin, who created the intricate carving at his workshop in Gloucester, said the sculpture is important in that it shows that women could be in respected positions of authority over 1,300 years ago, saying that it’s an issue which still needs to be addressed today.

While Mychalysin created the sculpture, the staff — or crozier — was cast at the Pangolin Editions Foundry in nearby Stroud, demonstrating the variety of local industry and history to be found in the area.

The sculpture is set to be unveiled to the public on 25 June, fantastic news for anyone enjoying their Forest of Dean holidays after then, who will be able to see the memorial to this part of British history for themselves.

Image Credit: James Clark (Flickr.com)