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Cathedral Friends Lecture: Nicholas Breakspear

Gibberd Room

Saturday 23rd September 2023, 11.00am - 1.00pm

The Cathedral Friends are delighted to welcome Adrian Waddingham CBE to give an illustrated talk on Nicholas Breakspear.

In this fascinating lecture you will discover the story of how an impoverished lad from Hertfordshire was pope by the time he was 50.

Overlooked for centuries, Nicholas Breakspear’s achievements outshone those of his contemporary, the martyr Thomas Becket.

Tickets are free, though donations to support the work of the Friends are greatly welcomed.

For more information and to book your place visit or email

Refreshments and cake will be served after the lecture.