Leicester Cathedral Revealed project will complete the work on the cathedral that began with the reinterment of King Richard III. It will involve some major work to the fabric of the building, and the creation of a new Heritage Learning Centre, which will enable more people to understand more about all that St Martins church has brought to Leicester over the thousand years since the a church first stood on this site. It is a 3-year programme that began in February 2016 with the appointment of Revd Pete Hobson as Project Director. The exact plans will take some time to develop, but you can find the latest update for the congregation here, and earlier updates, along with other useful information, linked from this page.

If you have any queries or comments do get in touch with Pete on pete.hobson@leccofe.org

This digital sequence reconstructs the buildings that have stood on the cathedral site since those earliest days, drawing on a range of evidence. It was produced in 2016 by the Digital Archaeology team from De Montfort University, and is one of the early pieces of work commissioned as part of our ambitious Leicester Cathedral Revealed project. It reveals much of the church’s – and so the city’s – past, from Roman times until the present day.

The accompanying soundtrack is the Cathedral choir singing the Nunc Dimittis by William Byrd, and is taken from the CD He lieth under this stone, of music used in the reinterment services for King Richard III in March 2015.

There has been a St Martins church on this site since at least Norman times, and quite possibly considerably longer. Whilst excavating for foundations for a new spire in the 1860s, builders found clear evidence of a significant Roman building on the site, possibly a temple. Two pillar bases excavated at the time are currently held in safe storage by the city council.

 

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