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South Aisle

South Aisle

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 10

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"In this Aisle there are three doorways: the first leading to the Baptistery, Jerusalem Chamber, and the Deanery (over this door is a fine old oaken Gallery, accessible only from the Deanery); the second door opens into the Western Cloister, through which the procession enters the Abbey; and the third opens into the Eastern Cloister. It is indeed a pretty sight to watch the little vested choristers march in procession through this Aisle. The windows are much dwarfed on this side, and partially hidden by the cumbrous monuments."

Westminster Abbey was founded as a monastic house 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 at Westminster Abbey 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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