Cathedral project plans to start with archaeological talk

File picture of the historic Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire'' 'rossparry.co.uk/syndication / Wakefield Express

File picture of the historic Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire'' 'rossparry.co.uk/syndication / Wakefield Express

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A TALK on an archaeological dig at Wakefield Cathedral is being held tomorrow (Thursday) ahead of the work on the building that starts next week.

Rev Canon Michael Rawson, Sub-Dean of the Cathedral, will be giving the talk on what was found at the dig, as well as explaining plans for the project to improve the Cathedral.

The archaeological dig in 2010 made a number of exciting finds, including bones and a clay smoking pipe.

Discoveries also included vaults with coffins in, including one with lead-lining, which indicates it probably belonged to someone wealthy.

The archaeologists believe they also found evidence of medieval burials, which would have taken place outside the church originally, but ended up inside when the building was extended.

Rev Rawson will be informing people at the free event about the results of the dig that was a forerunner to work commencing of the re-ordering of the Cathedral’s interior, which he was also talk about.

The event is being held in the lecture theatre at the West Yorkshire Police training centre on Bishopgarth, at 7.30pm tomorrow (Thursday)

The work on Project 2013 will begin on Monday, February 20, when pews will be removed and there will be a ceremony to open a new door to the cathedral.

Wakefield Mayor, Coun Ros Lund, and Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, will be cutting a ribbon at 12.30pm to open the new side door into the east end of the Cathedral to mark the closure of the nave and the start of the project.