Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 30/52)

[picture: 590.---Stone Chair in the Chapter House, Durham.]

590.—Stone Chair in the Chapter House, Durham.

The interior [of Durham Cathedral] presents many objects of high interest—[such] as the sumptuous bishop’s throne (Fig. 602), the stone chair (Fig. 590), and above all, the common tomb of St. Cuthbert and of the Venerable Bede, the author of the valuable Ecclesiastical History to which we are indebted for many of the most interesting facts relating [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Byland Abbey]

700.—Byland Abbey, Yorkshire.

These days it’s open to the public from March to October. [more...] [$]

[picture: Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk]

703.—Walsingham Abbey, Norfolk.

The village of Walsingham is alive and well; the Abbey itself was largely destroyed in 1538 during the English Reformation and became a private house. [more...] [$]

[picture: 734.---Stewkley Church, Buckinghamshire.]

734.—Stewkley Church, Buckinghamshire.

Stewkley Church is another of the fine old churches the era of whose erection is unknown. (Fig. 734.) Dr. Stukely mentions it as “the oldest and most entire he ever saw, undoubtedly before the Conquest, in the plain ancient manner,” &c. But the enthusiastic doctor was never at a loss for a bold decision, whatever he might be as to proofs on which to found [...]Iffley Church, on the banks of the river Isis, about a mile and a half from Oxford, bears a marked resemblance to the church just mentioned, and belonged to or enjoyed the protection of the same monastery as that with which Stewkley was connected, —the Priory of Kenilworth. It will be a sufficient testimony of its antiquity to say it is known to have been in existence before 1189. (Fig. 724.) (p. 203) [more...] [$]

[picture: 735.---St. Peter's, Northampton.]

735.—St. Peter’s, Northampton.

Vast stone pillars and semicircular arches, with the characteristic Norman zigzag decoration, identify this as a Norman building and indeed it’s from the early 12th century, between 1120 nd 1140. Saint Peter’s is no longer used as a church, but you can visit it as [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 736.---Sanctuary, Westminster.]

736.—Sanctuary, Westminster.

From a sketch by Dr. Stukeley, before its destruction in 1775 [more...] [$]

[picture: 783.---Costume of the time of John.]

783.—Costume of the time of John.

I do not know what the people are doing in this picture; it might be that the kneeling man is selling herbs to the man standing holding out coins. [more...] [$]

[picture: 784.---Horse Beating a Tabor.]

784.—Horse Beating a Tabor.

In Olde England (the Anglo-Norman period of about a thousand years ago) the horses used to play drums, especally at Christmas and other holidays. Or when marching to war: the [...] [more...] [$]


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