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The Plan and Elevations of a Bone House to be Built at the North East Corner of St Mary's Church in Devon

The Plan and Elevations of a Bone House to be Built at the North East Corner of St Mary's Church in Devon

Artist: Chambers, Robert

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: K. Top. Vol 16

Item number: 48n

Length: 46

Width: 38.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Map scale ratio: 11/4": 2 ft (1:19)

This architectural drawing is for St Mary's Church in Cannon Street Dover, a Norman building. If there were heavy numbers of burials in a parish it was sometimes necessary to use the church crypt or a specially built bone house. According to medieval superstition, the thigh and skull bones were to be kept in tact for the Resurrection.

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