Chapel of St John Baptist
Photographer: Harrington, John
Medium: Photographic print
"This Chapel is to the North of the Sanctuary, and contains several interesting Monuments - among others, one ascribed to Hugh de Bohun, and Mary his sister, grandchildren to Edward I., but by some considered to belong to John, grandson of Henry III., erected about 1271; an altar tomb, with the recumbent effigy of William of Colchester, Abbot of Westminster, A.D. 1420; another altar tomb to Abbot Fascet, A.D. 1500, on which , in a stone coffin, rest the remains of Thomas Millyng, Bishop of Hereford, A.D. 1492; and a recumbent figure of Thomas O'Ruthall, Bishop of Durham, A.D. 1522. There is also a brass to Sir T. Vaughan, Treasurer to Edward IV."
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. The abbey is crowded with tombs and monuments to churchmen, scientists, writers, politicians and nobility.
Descriptive letterpress by John Harrington of Brighton from the book 'The Abbey and Palace of Westminster'