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door, formed by the tomb of Lord Bouchier and his lady. It is bounded by two battresses, at the base of which are a lion and an eagle supporting banners of arms. A heavy arch covers the boarded top of the tomb, in shape like two coffins. The sides contain shields within garters, on quatrefoils ; on the top of the archie his shield, helmet, and crest; behind it a buttress, and on each side two ranges of four pointed arches; between them, nearly obliterated coats of arms. Over the rows of arches other coats; the apper held by painted angels, which capnot be traced without climbing. On the frieze is the half decayed inscription of "Non nohis Dae, non nobis sed nomini ina da gloriam;" and another quite illegible. He died in, 1431. The whole must have been exceedingly splendid when the painting and gilding were perfect.

The arches and battlements are continued over the door.

The western half of the skreen is covered by a monument, (Wilton, sculp.) “ To the memory of William Pultney, Earl of Bath, by his brother, the Hon. Harry Pulteney, general of his majesty's forces, 1767, Obiit July 7764, ætatis 81.” It is certainly a beautiful tomb, and the figures reclines gracefully 99 the urn. A good medallion of the earl hangs above.

The altar of St. Paul afforded to those who heard mass at it two years and thirty days indulgence.

Francis Lord Cottington has been a close attendant since the year 1679; for his tomb hides every trace of its place.

That to Frances, Countess of Sussex, which adjoins it, is, of rather has been, very magnificent. It is composed of porphyry and other valuable materials, but miserably corroded and moul. dered, even to some inches in depth ; the date 1589; her age 58.

Dudley Carleton, Viscount Dorchester, in his robes, coronet, roff, and pointed beard, is a poor figure; and the Ionic pediment above is as tasteless as the pedestal on which he reclines.

Sir Thomas Bromley, in the chancellor's gown, lies under a grand composite arch on a sarcophagus ; on the side of which four sons kncel in armour, and four daughters. He died 1587, aged fifty-seven. PART III, CONTIN.



The formal effigies of Sir James Fullerton and his fady are on an altar-tomb, with a plain arch in the wall, containing an inscription that his “ remnant” lies here; and quibbles upon his name thus : " He died fuller of faith than of fears; fuller of resolution than of pains; fuller of honour than of days."

Sir John Pickering's monument is another of those erected in the time of Queen Elizabeth ; and, like most of that period, lavishly adorned with statues, pillars of the riehest orders, arches, heavy obelisks, and complicated scroll-work of fine marbles, painted and gilded. He died at the age of fifty-two, in the year 1696. His wife is at his right hand; and eight daughters kneel before a desk at the foot of the tomb.

The altar-tomb of alabaster, supporting the figures of Sir Giles, Dr. Aubeny, and his lady, stands nearly in the midst of the chapel. He is represented in complete armour, his head on his helmet, and in the collar and mantle of the order of the Garter. He died 1507. It was richly gilt.

Against the back of the Earl of Bath's monument is one consisting of a pedestal, sarcophagus, and pyramid, by Scheemakers, inscribed :

In this chapel lies interred Sir Henry Bellasyse, of Brancepeth Castle, in the county palatine of Durham, lieutenant-general of the forces in Flanders under King William the Third, sometime governor of Galway, in Ireland, and afterwards of Berwick upon Tweed, lineally descended from Rowland Bellasyse, of Bellasyse, in the county of Durham, son of Belasius, one of the Norman generals who came into England with William the Conqueror, and was knighted by him. He married, first, Dorothy, daughter of Tobias Jenkyn, Esq. of Grimston, and widow of. Robert Benson, Esq. of Wrenthorpe, both in the county of York, and by her had issue Mary, Thomas, and Elizabeth, all whom he survived. By his second wife, Fleetwood, daughter of Nicholas Shuttleworth, Esq. second son of Richard Shuttleworth, Esq. of Gawthorp, in the county palatine of Lancaster, he had William, his heir, and Margaret, who died in


her infancy. He died the 16th of December, 1717, in the 70th year of his age. Near to him are buried his two ladies, and Mary, his eldest daughter; also Mrs. Bridges Bellasyse, wise of William Bellasyse, Esq. only daughter and heiress of Robert Billingsly, Esq. who died the 28th of July, 1735, in the 21st year of her age, leaving an only daughter.” Near this is a new monumental tablet of white marble, having a Feeping female figure leaning on a broken rampart, on which is the word BADAJOS, at the recent siege of which was slain Lieutenant Charles Macleod, to whose memory this monument is erected. On the pavement :

“ Sir Henry Bellasyse, Knt. He was niade lieutenantgeneral of his late majesty King Williams' forces in Flanders in the year 1695. He died December the 16th; 1717, in the 70th year of his age. "_" Here lies interred the body of Dame Fleetwood Bellasyse, widow and relict of the Hon. Sir Henry Bellasyse, of Brancepeth castle, in the county of Durham, Esq. obiit 11th Feb. 1769, ætates 72.“ Under neath lies the body of Bridget Bellasyse, only daughter of William Bellasyse, of Brancepeth Castle, in the county palatine of Durham, Esq. She changed this life for a better the 5th day of April, 1774, aged 38 years."

Here lieth the body of the right honourable Sarah Hussey, countess of Tyrconnel. Obiit October the 7th,

1783." Ten silken banners of those ladies are suspended over them.

In the aisle, against the tomb of William of Colchester, is a monument

“ To the memory of Charles Holmes, Esq. rear-admiral of the white. He died the 21st of November, 1761, commander of his majesty's fleet stationed at Jamaica, aged 50. Erected by his grateful nieces, Mary Stanwix and Lucretia

Towle.” It is the work of Wilton; and a great statue of the admiral, in Roman armour, is made to rest on an English eighteenpounder, mounted on

rriage. At, his feet is a cable, remarkably correct, and well coiled, in the seaman's phrase.


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I am compelled to pass over the numerous stones and inscriptions which appear on the pavement of this transept, though many of them are in a very high degree interesting as records of the worth, the greatness, and the virtues of some of our ancestors.

Let us, however, not dismiss the monuments of the illustrious dead which we have just been visiting, without a tribute of respect to the memory of at least one, whose numerous virtues render him dear to our recollection.

It 'is astonishing to what lengths of mistake, and consequent misrepresentation, prejudice will lead certain historians. The memory of the pious Edward, whose shrine we have just visited, has been insulted by a misrepresentation of the reason of his obtaining the titles of Saint and Confessor : we are told that these honours were conferred upon his memory in consequence of a vague and doubtful story of his having abstained from all commune with his wife; and it is asserted that the amiable virtues of Editha had never won the affections of her husband. Both one story and the other is false. Tliere is no sufficient foundation for the story that Edward refused to perform the marriage obligations, or that either himself or the queen ever asserted such to have been the case; and if that were true, it is not the fact, that to that circumstance Edward was canonized. He was a prince of distinguished virtue and piety; though, it nưust be consessed, on many occasions, weak and irresolute; particularly in the disputes between the rival aspirants to the succession, Harold and William of Normandy. He was moreover not a little addicted to superstition : he was the first monarch who pretended to cure the king's evit by the royal touch : but this was a superstition afterwards coutinued even till the Hanoverian succession, and that by enlightened and virtuous Protestants ! With all his weaknesses, Edward had numerous and prominent virtues; and these gave him the titles of Saint and Confessor.

We must now approach THE CHAPEL OF HENRY VII. and the judicious reader will be glad to have the description which I shall give of it assisted by the interesting observatious and delineations of Mr, Malcolm, to whom we have already been so much indebted.


Before we enter that venerable and rich chapel, we must, in the words of that respectable antiquary, admire the beautiful side of Henry the Fifth's oratory, which forins an arch across the aisle directly east of his tomb. It is supported at each corner by clustered pillars; on the ends are shields with his arms, surrounded by four angels, whose wings are disposed so as to form an imperfect quatrefoil: and the point of the arch is a shield, helmet, and crest : in the frieze a badge of deer and swans chained to a beacon : in the centre is a grand nich of three canopies, which contains a representation of the coronation of Henry V. or his successors: two prelates are in the act of placing the crown on the seated king; two figures kneel on the sides : to the right are nine small niches, with statues ; on their canopies are deers and swans: on the left, five niches and statues; and on the tops of their canopies statues under other canopies; those occasion a rise of about two feet near the altar. The south side is very much like the above: the three arches which stand on the flight of steps leading to Henry the Seventh's Chapel are of unequal breadths: the ornaments over the smaller ones are alike. Over the north arch is a shield and crest, with the side frieze contipued. In a triple canopied niche is St. George piercing the Dragon: on the left two niches with statues; and on the right over those, are six niches, containing saiuts, with canopies; and above is the side continuation of the before described altarpiece in Henry the Fifth's Chantry.

The ceiling of the arch over the aisle has a crown for the centre; panneled rays diverge from it, which are bounded by a circle of quatrefoils; some of the pannels coytain deer, and others swans. The basement of Henry the Fifth’s tomb next the aisle is formed into quatrefoils, much decayed.

The ascent from the abbey to The Blessed Mary's, or Henry VII's Chapel, is formed by twelve steps; over them is a most magnificent arch of the same width as the nave: unfortunately it has very little light. The capitals of the pillars on the western side have a bear and staff, a greyhound and dragon on them: the angles on the sides

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