Archbishop's Visitation29th September 2012
The School said farewell to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, as he conducted a Visitation on Saturday 29 September.
During a short service in the Memorial Court, the Archbishop was welcomed by the Captain of School, Harriet Wilson, and she presented him with a Byzantine pectoral cross. The Archbishop spoke of the importance to him of the community of the Precincts and of how much he had enjoyed his visits to the School. He in turn presented the Captain of School with a gold sovereign.
The Archbishop then gave a lecture in the Schoolroom to Sixth Form Religious Studies and Philosophy students, and was entertained to a selection of music (from Bach to the Beatles) in the Music School and to a short play (Gosforth's Fete) in St Mary's Hall. He also visited the Common Room. The proceedings ended with lunch in the St Augustine's refectory.
The Archbishop is the School Visitor. Visitations were frequent from the sixteenth to the early twentieth centuries, and for a long time were formal inspections. Today the role is largely an honorary one.