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WESTMINSTER ABBEY

[Frontispiece: The North Transept]

THE NORTH TRANSEPT

Here is represented the north front as it appeared before the last restoration, i.e. we see the handiwork of the eighteenth century and the fa├žade as remodelled under the superintendence of Sir Christopher Wren. The modern front was constructed about twenty years ago.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Painted by

JOHN FULLEYLOVE, R.I.

Described by

MRS. A. MURRAY SMITH

Author of 'The Annals of Westminster Abbey,' 'The Roll Call of Westminster Abbey,' Etc.

With Twenty One Full Page Illustrations in Colour

London Adam and Charles Black 1906

Published August 30, 1904 Reprinted, with corrections, March 1906

TO

MY HUSBAND

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

A Walk Round Westminster Abbey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

1. The North Transept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

2. View of the Abbey and St. Margaret's Church from Whitehall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

3. The West Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

4. The Chapter House and East End of Henry VII.'s Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

5. The Interior of the Nave, looking East . . . . . . . . . . 24

6. St. Edmund's Chapel, showing the Tomb of the Duchess of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's mother . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

7. Interior of the South Transept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

8. Chaucer's Tomb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

9. View of the Choir and Nave, looking West from the High Altar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

10. The South Ambulatory, looking West down the South Choir Aisle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

11. Early Brasses and Picturesque Tombs in St. Edmund's Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

12. The West End of the Confessor's Shrine, with the Modern Altar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

13. The Tomb of Henry III. from St. Edward's Chapel . . . . . 76

14. St. Edward's Shrine and the Chantry Chapel of Henry V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

15. The Tomb of Queen Philippa and the Chantry Chapel of Henry V. from the South Ambulatory . . . . . . . . . . 88

16. The Chapel of Henry VII., looking East . . . . . . . . . . 90

17. The Coronation Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

18. The North Ambulatory, showing the Steps which lead up to Henry VII.'s Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

19. Interior of the North Transept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

20. The South Transept and Chapter House from Dean's Yard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

21. The Abbot's Courtyard and the Entrance to the Jerusalem Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

The illustrations in this volume were engraved in England by The Hentschel Colourtype Process .

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INTRODUCTION

"Kings are thy nursing fathers and their queens thy nursing mothers." From the reign of Edward the Confessor, the last sovereign of the royal Saxon race, till the death of Elizabeth, the last Tudor queen, these words of the old Hebrew prophet were literally applicable to the great West Minster. When Edward knelt within the Benedictine chapel on Thorneye, which had so miraculously withstood the ravages of the Danes, and vowed to dedicate a new church on the same spot to the glory of God and in the name of St... Continue reading book >>




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