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The Cathedral Church of Peterborough A Description Of Its Fabric And A Brief History Of The Episcopal See   By: (1839-1913)

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[Illustration: Peterborough Cathedral, From The South east.]

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF

PETERBOROUGH

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

BY

THE REV. W.D. SWEETING, M.A.

WITH FIFTY ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON: G. BELL AND SONS, LTD. 1926

First Published, February 1898 Second Edition, Revised, 1899. Reprinted, 1906, 1911, 1922, 1926.

PREFACE.

The chief authorities consulted in the preparation of this book are named in the text. Besides the well known works of reference on the English Cathedrals, and the "Monastic Chronicles," there are several that deal with Peterborough alone, of which the most important and valuable are "Gunton's History" with Dean Patrick's Supplement, "Craddock's History," the monographs by Professor Paley and Mr Poole, and the Guide of Canon Davys. If I have ventured to differ from some of these writers on various points, I must appeal, in justification, to a careful and painstaking study of the Cathedral and its history, during a residence at Peterborough of more than twenty years.

My best thanks are due to Mr Caster of Peterborough, for permission to incorporate with this account the substance of a Guide, which I prepared for him, published in 1893; and to Mr Robert Davison of London, for his description of the Mosaic Pavement, executed by him for the Choir. I desire also to express my thanks for the drawings supplied by Mr W.H. Lord, Mr H.P. Clifford, and Mr O.R. Allbrow; and to acknowledge my indebtedness to the Photochrom Company, Ld., and to Messrs S.B. Bolas & Co., for their excellent photographs.

W.D. SWEETING.

In this new edition the corrections are limited almost entirely to alterations necessitated by lapse of time. In connexion with which I have to thank Mr H. Plowman of Minster Precincts, Peterborough.

E. BELL.

June 1922.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. History of the Cathedral Church of S. Peter 3

CHAPTER II. The Cathedral Exterior 36 The West Front 39 The Towers 44 The Porch and Parvise 45 The Bell Tower 48 The Dean's Door 50 The Lantern Tower 51 The North Transept 52 The New Building 55 The South Transept 55

CHAPTER III. The Cathedral Interior 57 The Choir 60 The Choir Stalls 67 The Pulpit and Throne 70 The Organ, Baldachino, and Pavement 72 The Screens 74 The Lectern 74 The New Building 76 The Transepts 77 The Saxon Church 80 The Nave 81 The Nave Ceiling 84 The West Transept 87 Altars 87 Stained Glass 88 The Parvise 90 Monuments and Inscriptions 91

CHAPTER IV. The Minster Precincts and City 99 The Chapel of S. Thomas of Canterbury 100 The Knights' Chamber 101 The Deanery Gateway 102 The Infirmary and Cloisters 103 The Palace 106 The City and Guild Hall 108 The Tithe Barn 111

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