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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.] A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Espicopal See   By: (1860-)

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[Illustration: GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL, FROM THE ROOF OF ST. JOHN'S CHURCH.]

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF GLOUCESTER

A DESCRIPTION OF ITS FABRIC AND A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EPISCOPAL SEE

BY H. J. L. J. MASSÉ, M.A.

AUTHOR OF "TEWKESBURY ABBEY" AND "DEERHURST PRIORY," ETC.

WITH FORTY NINE ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS 1905

First Published January 1899 Second Edition August 1900 Reprinted January 1905

The Riverside Press Limited, Edinburgh

GENERAL PREFACE

This series of monographs has been planned to supply visitors to the great English Cathedrals with accurate and well illustrated guide books at a popular price. The aim of each writer has been to produce a work compiled with sufficient knowledge and scholarship to be of value to the student of Archæology and History, and yet not too technical in language for the use of an ordinary visitor or tourist.

To specify all the authorities which have been made use of in each case would be difficult and tedious in this place. But amongst the general sources of information which have been almost invariably found useful are: (1) the great county histories, the value of which, especially in questions of genealogy and local records, is generally recognised; (2) the numerous papers by experts which appear from time to time in the Transactions of the Antiquarian and Archæological Societies; (3) the important documents made accessible in the series issued by the Master of the Rolls; (4) the well known works of Britton and Willis on the English Cathedrals; and (5) the very excellent series of Handbooks to the Cathedrals originated by the late Mr John Murray; to which the reader may in most cases be referred for fuller detail, especially in reference to the histories of the respective sees.

GLEESON WHITE, E. F. STRANGE, Editors of the Series.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE

I wish to express my great obligations to Mr F. S. Waller (the Cathedral Architect) for his courtesy and kindness in allowing me to make the fullest use of his "Notes and Sketches" of the Cathedral, a book which is now, unfortunately, out of print; to Mr W. H. St. John Hope, F.S.A., for permission to quote from his "Notes on the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter at Gloucester," published in the Records of Gloucester Cathedral; also to the Records of Gloucester Cathedral.

To Mr E. J. Burrow I owe special thanks for permission to use blocks made from his black and white drawings, one of which has not been published before; to the Very Rev. the Dean for much useful information and assistance; and lastly to the Sub Sacrist, Mr T. W. G. Cooke, whose help has been at all times ungrudging and invaluable.

H. J. L. J. M.

CONTENTS

PAGE CHAPTER I. History of the Building 3

CHAPTER II. The Exterior of the Cathedral 14 The West Front 20 The South Front and Porch 20 The South Transept 21 The Tower and the Bells 22 The Lady Chapel 26

CHAPTER III. The Interior 28 The Nave 32 The West End and South Aisle 36 The West Windows and the Font 40 The North Aisle 41 The Choir Screen 44 The Organ 46 The Choir 47 The Reredos 56 The South Transept 65 Chapel of St... Continue reading book >>




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