Here we see the Old Boys' School which is located close to the new entrance at the liturgical south east corner of the Cathedral.
In summer the Old Boys' School houses the Pilgrims Table and the Cathedral Shop. Here visitors can find refreshments and souvenirs. Across the car park stands the former Bishop’s Palace, Eden Court, now incorporated into the theatre which perpetuates the name of the cathedral’s founder.
In earlier days the building in our photo was the Choir School for the Cathedral. Now the top line of music is sung by female sopranos rather than boy choristers.
Angel voices, ever singing,
round thy throne of light,
angel harps, for ever ringing,
rest not day or night;
Thousands only live to bless Thee,
and confess Thee
Lord of might.
Thou who art beyond the farthest
mortal eye can scan,
can it be that thou regardest
songs of sinful man?
Can we know that thou art near us
and wilt hear us?
Yea, we can.
Yea, we know that thou rejoicest
o'er each work of thine;
thou didst ears and hands and voices
for thy praise design;
craftsman's art and music's measure
for thy pleasure
In thy house, great God, we offer
of thine own to thee;
and for thine acceptance proffer,
hearts and minds and hands and voices,
in our choicest
Honour, glory, might and merit,
thine shall ever be,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Of the best that thou hast given
earth and heaven