An Account of the Saxon Church of St. Laurence, Bradford-on-Avon

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1878/17p./63 & WT. 24.11

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Page 8 - The pilasters on the east elevation of the Chancel are moulded into three depressed roundels, a very simple form of decoration, one of the earliest in fact met with in this country.
Page 14 - impenetralibe confugium ") " from the attacks of the Danes, and a hiding-place for the relics of the blessed martyr, St. Edward, and the rest of the saints.
Page 16 - To this day there is at Bradford a little church which Aldhelm is said to have founded and dedicated to the blessed St. Lawrence.
Page 5 - ... on the north by a large shed, employed for the purposes of the neighbouring woollen manufactory; — the design and nature of the building escaped, till a very recent date, the notice of Archaeologists.
Page 14 - He expresses moreover his wish "that on the restoration of peace, if such were vouchsafed to his kingdom, the nuns should return to their ancient place, but, that some of the family should still remain at Bradeford if it be thought fit by the superior." It was indeed at an eventful crisis that he granted this charter. The miseries of his troublous reign seem to have well nigh reached their culminating point. Again and again had meetings of the Witena-gemote been held, their...
Page 5 - Horton, a riche clothier", the western gable of which was within a very few feet of it, and hid it completely from general view; — the design and nature of the building entirely escaped the notice of archaeologists. The fact, moreover, of the west front being to a great extent modern work of the seventeenth...
Page 8 - ... The arches themselves are only surface decorations, and not at all constructive arches, as they are cut out of the stone, which runs, irrespectively of them, in regular courses. Around the Porch the pilasters do not support arches, but merely a tabling, which, on one side, is certainly original, and is built to receive the eaves. In the eastern gable of the Nave are the remains of an Arcade above the one already described, which was built to take the form of the pitch of the roof, being stilted...
Page 12 - It is, he saye, the only perfect example we have of that period, and forms a chapter in the national history. Several of the local architectural societies have subscribed to the fund for preserving a Church so unique, and of which William of...
Page 8 - ... line of drip, but the others have been entirely altered. All the elevations, excepting that of the Porch which was only of two, were divided into three stages. The lowest was quite plain, with the exception, only, of a series of slight projections, which are so slight, indeed, that they can only be called pilasters, and not buttresses. These occur at regular intervals, and support a stringcourse, which runs all round the building, except where it has been recently destroyed. Upon this string-course...

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