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Bath Abbey Walk

Bath Abbey

Walk with Jon Cannon

Jon Cannon

I have a vocation, and it's to do with places; with communicating, enthusing, analyzing - in short, extollagising - about the nature of 'old places', and what makes them tick. I get especially excited about the sacredness of place, and the human place-making that results from it: a po-faced way of saying I love religious architecture in particular. English medieval churches are my academic specialism.

This a calling without a career structure. Writing lies at the heart of it, but like many writers I do other things which help earn a living and which arise from the expertise I've gathered on the way. But these, for me, are not add-ons: lecturing, teaching and tour-leading, copywriting and editing for heritage organizations, academic research: all are essential elements in what is a seamless and overlapping range of concerns.

You might, indeed, come across my books, Cathedral: the great English cathedrals and the world that made them (2007), The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces, (2013), The Shire book of Medieval Church Architecture (2014). I am currently writing a major work on the British landscape, slated for publication in 2016. You might also have come across my BBCTV documentary, How to Build a Cathedral, which was widely praised.

Among other things, I teach regularly at the University of Bristol (mainly in the History of Art department), lead tours for Martin Randall Travel and others; am a Lay Canon (keeper of the fabric) at Bristol cathedral, and am a Member of Council for the British Archaeological Association. I am also an accredited NADFAS lecturer. My piece of journalism about North Korea (east Asia plays a big part in my life: my wife is the Chinese author Liu Hong) for the London Review of Books some years ago was shortlisted for the David Watt Memorial Prize.

The charge for this walk is £10 (max 25)

*** Registration is now closed ***

outside Bath Abbey 8:30 am to start 8:45 am

The tour will complete at 10:15 am

If you wish, you can continue on a Tower Tour at your own expense at 11:00 am. Further details on the Tower Tour (NOT included in Jon Cannon's tour of Bath Abbey) can be found at:
bathabbey.org .

Bath Abbey


Contact Us

Dr. Nick Campion, n.campion@uwtsd.ac.uk, (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) Chair

For queries about technical issues or the website:
Frances Clynes, frances.clynes@sophia-project.net (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)