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Hundreds meet Cardinal Wolsey at exhibition in his honour at Christchurch Mansion

PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:00 16 October 2017

Ian Pycroft aka Cardinal Wolsey. Picture:NIGE BROWN.

Ian Pycroft aka Cardinal Wolsey. Picture:NIGE BROWN.

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Hundreds got the chance to meet Cardinal Wolsey in the flesh at Christchurch Park in Ipswich at the weekend.

Grant Walker admires the Angel sculptures. Picture: NIGE BROWN. Grant Walker admires the Angel sculptures. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

The event marked the opening of an exhibition at Christchurch Mansion - Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich’s Greatest Son - which celebrates the life of one of the most influential men in Europe in the 15th century.

Cardinal Wolsey meets Chloe Holland. Picture: NIGE BROWN. Cardinal Wolsey meets Chloe Holland. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

The exhibition attracted around 350 people, more than double the number who visit most weekends.

Molly Houseco aka Anne Boleyn. Picture: NIGE BROWN. Molly Houseco aka Anne Boleyn. Picture: NIGE BROWN.

Cllr Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council’s museums service portfolio holder, said: “We have marked the first weekend of the Ipswich’s Greatest Son exhibition with some really popular sessions for visitors. With both Cardinal Wolsey and Anne Boleyn in attendance the Mansion has more than doubled its average weekend attendance. People of all ages have been saying hello to our most famous son and then exploring the magnificent angels that are being shown in Wolsey’s home town for the first time.”

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