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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon A Short History of the Church and a Description of Its Fabric   By: (1868-)

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THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF RIPON

A Short History of the Church & a Description of Its Fabric

by

CECIL HALLETT, B.A. Magdalen Coll., Oxford

With 53 Illustrations

[Illustration: RIPON CATHEDRAL FROM THE FOOTBRIDGE OVER THE SKELL.]

[Illustration]

London George Bell & Sons 1901

PREFACE.

The original authorities for the history (both constitutional and architectural) of the Church of Ripon have been most ably edited for the Surtees Society by the Rev. Canon J. T. Fowler, F.S.A., in his Memorials of Ripon and The Ripon Chapter Acts ( Surtees Soc. , vols. 74, 78, 81, 64). These authorities range from the Saxon period to the times following the Reformation, but in the Introductions to vol. 81, and in the Rev. J. Ward's Fasti Riponienses , included in vol. 78, the story is virtually continued to our own day; while the aforesaid Introductions epitomise, in its constitutional and architectural aspects, the whole history of the church.

To these volumes and to their Editor, who most kindly consented to revise the proofs of this book, the present writer is very deeply indebted. He has also had recourse to an article by Sir G. Gilbert Scott, R.A., in vol. xxxi. of the Archæological Journal ; to the same Author's Recollections ; to several articles on the Saxon Crypt, duly specified on pp. 76, 77; to the Guides, by J. R. Walbran, F.S.A., published by Mr. Harrison of Ripon; to Mr. Murray's Cathedrals ; to the volume by the Ven. Archdeacon Danks in Messrs. Isbister's Cathedral Series; to A Day in the City of Ripon , by Mr. George Parker of Ripon; to the old Guides by Farrer and Gent respectively; and to other works of a more general character.

His sincere thanks are also due to the Right Rev. the Bishop of Ripon for permission to consult the library at the Palace; to the Very Rev. the Dean for privileges granted in connection with the library in the Cathedral and with the Cathedral itself; to the Ven. the Archdeacon of Ripon and the Ven. the Archdeacon of Richmond for their courteous assistance on several occasions; to Mr. J. T. Micklethwaite, V.P.S.A., Mr. W. H. St. John Hope, Mrs. Swire, the Rev. H. A. Wilson, Fellow of Magdalen College, the Rev. G. W. Garrod, and Mr. John Whitham for valuable information on various points, historical and architectural; to Mr. Ronald P. Jones for his excellent photographs, to the Archæological Institute and other learned Societies for various other illustrations, and to the Rev. E. H. Swann, the Rev. J. Beanland, Capt. E. J. Warre Slade, R.N., Mr. F. Forbes Glennie, Mr. T. Wall, Mr. Watson, and others for similar assistance.

He desires also to express his thanks to Mr. E. W. Winser, Dean's Verger, for much valuable local information; to Mr. Henry Williams, Canons' Verger, for expert advice on points of masonry; and to both, as well as to the Sexton, for that general assistance which they so willingly rendered him throughout his investigation of the Fabric.

CONTENTS.

PAGE CHAPTER I. HISTORY OF THE CHURCH 3

CHAPTER II. THE EXTERIOR 39

CHAPTER III. THE INTERIOR 65

CHAPTER IV. OTHER OLD BUILDINGS IN RIPON 133

APPENDIX Abbots of the Monastery of Ripon 142 Canons of Stanwick 142 Deans of King James I. Foundation 143 Deans of the Cathedral Foundation 143 Bishops of Ripon 143

INDEX 145

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE Ripon Cathedral from the Footbridge over the Skel Frontispiece Arms of the See Title Page The Nave, South Side 2 View from the South West 3 Early Apsidal Chapel with Later Chapel superimposed 13 The West Front before Restoration 17 Mediæval Seals (3) 20 Ripon Minster Anterior to 1660 (from an old Engraving) 32 The Cathedral from the South East 38 The West Doorways 39 View from the North West 42 Doorway, North Transept 47 Doorway, South Transept 52 Reconstructed Angle of the Great Tower 57 Flying Buttresses, South Side of Choir 59 The East End 61 The North Western Portion of the Nave 64 Conjectural View of the Interior of Archbishop Roger's Nave (by Sir G... Continue reading book >>




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