The Abbey 900 Legacy Fund Group is pleased to announce the installation of a display of illustrations by the late Kenneth Povah, in the Parish Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester.

The display is made up of a selection drawn by Kenneth in the late 1970s/early 1980s to illustrate, in a light hearted manner, the life of canons in the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary in the 1400s

The collection was found in the church in 2018 and is now in the care of The Bingham Library Trust.

The Abbey stood to the north of the present Parish Church and you can see a depiction in model form of how we think it might have looked in the 1400s, by the north door of the church.

The model is made up of 70,000 LEGO bricks and was built by the community and visitors to the town from April to October 2017 during the 2017 Abbey 900 year long Festival to commemorate the start of the building of the Abbey, 900 years before, in 1117.

The Abbey 900 Legacy Fund Group succeeded the Abbey 900 Steering Group working under the auspices of the Cirencester Community Development Trust to administer the £51k surplus left from £150k plus, raised by the town to run the hugely successful Abbey 900 Festival.

The Legacy Fund has also paid for new interpretive signage in the Abbey Grounds and plans are well in hand for an exciting addition of an interpretive nature in the Abbey Grounds, which should reach fruition by August 2020 – watch this space!