Mercia – Museums & Education

JOHN BUNYAN MUSEUM & CHURCH

Mill street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3EU.

 

Enquiries :- Tel 01234 270303

 

Admission price

Free.

Opening times

Saturdays only in November, January and early February.

11.00 – 16.00hrs

Tuesday – Saturday   March until end of October half-term.

11.oo – 16.00hrs

Last entry to museum 15.30hrs

Closed Good Friday & all December.

Pre-booked groups & schools welcomed

 

Bunyan Meeting church

 

Weekly Sunday services

Enquiries :- Tel 01234 213722

 

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ELSTOW MOOT HALL

Church End, Elstow, Bedfordshire, MK42 9XT

 

Elstow is the birthplace of John Bunyan.

Enquiries :- 01234 718044  only manned at opening times.

Admission price

small admission charge.

Opening times

Saturdays & Bank Holidays      13.00 – 16.00hrs

Elstow is located on the borders of Bedford.

 

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CORINIUM MUSEUM

Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7-2BX.

Tel : (+44) 01285 655611

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ANGLO-SAXON HISTORY OF CIRENCESTER

Cirencester became an important centre in the Saxon period, but little tangible evidence survives. Burials and the site of the minster church are all that remains to reflect its former status, [some burials were discovered in 1909 at The Barton on the edge of Cirencester Park nd they included that of a warrior buried with his spear and shield. His grave has been dug through the fourth-century Orpheus Mosaic which is now on display in the Corinium Museum].

The Saxon settlement itself was probably sited in the vicinity of the present Cecily Hill, to the north-west of the abandoned Roman city. Little else is known of the details of the life and times for the next 350 years.

The minster church of St. Mary founded in the 9th or 10th century, was probably a royal foundation which survived into the 12th century, to be replaced by the Augustinian abbey also called St. Mary. [Both the Anglo-Saxon church and the medieval abbey church lay to the north of the parish church, and the site is now marked out in the Abbey Grounds with an explanatory plaque].

At the French-Norman Conquest the royal manor of Cirencester was granted to the Earl of Hereford, but by 1075 it had reverted back to the crown. The Domesday Book of 1086 records the new market of Cirencester which had paid an annual toll of 20 shillings and attracted trade from the surrounding area.

 

HISTORY

The museum is the renowned home of the largest known collections of Romano-British antiquities sourced from Corinium (now known as Cirencester), which was actually the second largest city in Roman Britain! Their fascinating and visual enjoyable Roman collection is spread over two floors and includes tombstones, mosaics, sculptures and daily life artifacts, plus authentic room and shop reconstructions.

There also a dramatic gallery where you can come face to face with the Anglo-Saxons via a forensically reconstructed man and child from the period, and you can also discover their own buried treasure, which includes rare gold pendants! The centre piece is the dignified and non spooky reconstructed grave of a 6th century Anglo-Saxon princess, who has been nicknamed “Mrs Getty” because of the 500+ treasures interred along with her.

So experience the elegance of Victorian Cirencester, be amzed by Medieval sculpture, admire the work of pre-history metals miths and much more at this brilliant museum, that is full of great audivisual screens, plus animated and practical games, that will bring history of life for the whole family.

ADMISSION 2021 PRICES

Adult £6.00p
Over 65s £5.00p
Child £2-85p
Student 16 & over £3-85p
Family 2 adults up to 4 children £16.00

OPENING TIMES                                                                                                                                                                                       April – October                                                                                                                                                                            

Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00hrs

Sunday – 14.00 – 17.00hr

November  –  March

Monday – Saturday  10.00 – 16.00hr

Sunday     14.00 – 16.00hrs

Closed between 24th – 26th December too 1st January.

PLACES TO EAT

There are plenty of places to eat in Cirencester.

TRANSPORT

BUS

Stagecoach bus service 51 Cheltenham too Swindon & return.
Hour service Mon – Sat Prom stop 4. bus station bay 16.

2 hour service Sun Cheltenham too Cirencester & return.

TRAIN

The nearest railway station is Kemble which is approximately 5 miles/8kms away on the Great Western line from Paddington, London, the lines goes through Swindon to Gloucester, will need to get a taxi to Cirencester. cost about £11-00 2015 prices.

CAR

There are plenty of car-parks within the town, in most cases parking charges apply from 08.00 – 18.00hrs, Mon – Sat including Bank Holidays.

 

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OLIVER CROMWELL’S HOUSE

29. St Mary’s Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4HF.

 

General enquiries :- Tel 01353 662063

E-mail :- info@visitely.org.uk

 

Admission prices :-

Adult  5-60p   /  Child (6-16)  3-80p  /  Family 2 Adults up to 3 Children  15.00p  /  under 6 free,  only cashless!

Cromwell Quest Treasure Hunt Game (free).

Opening times  (not 25.26th December & 1st January)

Winter hours   1st November  to  31st March   /   11.00 – 16.00hrs daily

Last admission 45 mins – 1hr before closing.

Summer hours   1st April  to  31st October  /  11.00 – 17.00hrs  Max 10 people in the house.

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The Cromwell Association

www.olivercromwell.org

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CROMWELL MUSEUM

Grammar School Walk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3LF

 

Enquiries :- Tel 01480 708008

E-mail :- museum@cromwellmuseum.com

 

Admission prices :-

Free.

Opening times :-

Winter hours  Tuesday – Saturday   11.oo – 15.3ohrs    November  –  March.

Summer hours  Tuesday – Saturday  11.00 – 16.00hrs    April – October.

 

Best to contact before you visit.

 

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