Cathedral to reveal its secret areas

Bishop's Private Chapel. Image by Jim Holden
Bishop's Private Chapel. Image by Jim Holden

PARTS of Chichester Cathedral usually closed to visitors will be open to the public this weekend.

Three areas normally off-limits to the public can be seen as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme on Saturday, September 14.

From 1pm-4pm, visitors can see the song school, located high in the cathedral’s triforium and reached only by a winding spiral staircase. This is where the cathedral choir practices twice daily under the direction of the master of the choristers - head along and discover its secret chamber!

Also open is the cathedral library, which houses a fascinating collection of rare books stored in the cathedral heights.

And the Bishop’s Chapel, the private chapel of the Bishop of Chichester, will not be out of bounds for the afternoon. Of special interest is the rare roundel wall-painting dating from the 13th century, well-known as the Chichester Roundel.

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