Wolsey 550 anniversary celebrated in Yorkshire 

Ipswich choir invited to sing in York Minster 


A man dressed in red robes, a gold embroidered cape and gold mitre hat stands in front of an ornate stone building.

Celebrations to mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in Ipswich temporarily moved to Yorkshire recently with the choir from the town’s St Mary le Tower church invited to take part in a special service in York Minster where Wolsey was Archbishop back in the 16th century.  

The choir sang at three services in the Minster. They were joined on their journey north by renowned author and re-enactor Phil Roberts who portrays a very authentic version of the Cardinal as part of the celebrations for Ipswich’s Thomas Wolsey 550 Project.  

Phil said: “York has a strong association with Wolsey so it was a great privilege to visit the city and be photographed outside the iconic Minster. I was also invited into the Barley Hall run by the York Archaelogical Trust. There’s a good chance Wolsey would have also known this beautiful medieval home which was built in the 14th century as a town house for the nearby Nostrell Priory and later became the home of home of a leading York citizen, William Snawsell who was a goldsmith and Lord Mayor of York.” 

Rest assured – the Thomas Wolsey 550 project’s very own Cardinal is back in his hometown of Ipswich and looking forward to appearing at a range of events this summer as the mobile exhibition tours over a dozen venues in the borough.  

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