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Cardinal Wolsey statue design revealed in Ipswich

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was one of the most powerful men in England

A sculptor whose public art creations can be seen in towns and cities across the UK is to reveal his design for a statue of Cardinal Wolsey in Suffolk.

David Annand will create a statue of the cardinal and Chancellor of England for display in Ipswich, his home town.

He will present his ideas at St Lawrence's Church and will talk about his work and the winning proposal.

A £100,000 appeal to finance the work will begin with the ringing of medieval bells at St Lawrence.

Historian Dr John Blatchly, chairman of the patrons of the project, will provide an update on the progress of the appeal.

Ipswich Borough Council has given planning permission for the artwork to be erected on Curson Plain, at the corner of Silent Street.

The work will centre on Wolsey's reputation as a great educator.

Cardinal Wolsey was born in Ipswich in 1470 or 1471 and went on to become the most powerful figure in King Henry VIII's government.

One of his great dreams was to establish a Cardinal College in Ipswich but all that can be seen of his legacy now is Wolsey's Gate and St Peter's Church.

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