Welcome to Hereford Cathedral 2018
In 2018, Hereford Cathedral will host ‘Home Front’ – a commemoration of Herefordshire’s contribution to the Home Front during the First World War.
There will be a series of special events at the cathedral and across the county, as part of the Herefordshire Home Front campaign commemoration, marking the ways in which the men and women of Herefordshire contributed to the war effort .
While many young men were recruited into the Herefordshire Regiment, which expanded to three battalions during this time, Herefordshire also provided horses and food supplies for the troops (as well as the nation), while ‘canary girls’ filled munition shells at the Rotherwas Munitions Factory.
Please keep checking back for the latest information about the Home Front campaign. If you’d like to get involved, please go to our Get Involved page to register your interest.
14 MArch – 29 april
We are also proud to host Poppies: Weeping Window. The cascade of thousands of individual ceramic poppies will appear at Hereford Cathedral from 14 March 2018 until 29 April 2018 as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.
Weeping Window will be free and open to the public
Hereford Cathedral dates from 1120 and is renowned for being the home of the Mappa Mundi, 1217 Magna Carta and a unique Chained Library. First World War memorials in the cathedral include a plaque commemorating men of all ranks of the Herefordshire Regiment who died on campaigns in Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine and France, and one to Hereford Cathedral School students and staff, including four former choristers. A Book of Remembrance for the husbands and sons of members of the Hereford Mothers’ Union who gave their lives in the war is on permanent display. In 2018, Hereford Cathedral will unveil a new plaque honouring soldier Allan Leonard Lewis, the only Herefordshire-born recipient of the Victoria Cross. Lewis was killed in September 1918, aged 23. The Victoria Cross was presented to his parents by H.M King George V at Buckingham Palace in April 1919.
For more information on Hereford Cathedral, visit www.HerefordCathedral.org
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