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Cross View From Chapel Of S. Edmund

Cross View From Chapel Of S. Edmund

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 15

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Within the old oak screen to the left is the altar tomb to the Earl of Pembroke, half-brother to Henry the Third. On the right is the altar tomb of alabaster to John of Eltham. The magnificent altar tombs immediately opposite the screen stand in the Confessor's Chapel - that to the right is to Richard the Second, died 1399-1400, and his Queen Anne, died 1394; the other is to Edward the Third, died 1377. We have also a pretty peep of the old screen and coronation chair at the back of the new Reredos. The general view from this Chapel is singularly fine."

Westminster Abbey was founded by Edward the Confessor and was consecrated in AD1065. It was rebuilt in the 13th century in the French gothic style, with a nave of great height, flying buttresses and rose windows. The monastery was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 and the abbey became the cathedral of the new diocese of Westminster. Most British monarchs are buried here and it has been the crowning place for all sovereigns since the 11th century.

Descriptive letterpress by John Harrington of Brighton from the book 'The Abbey and Palace of Westminster'

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