The Antiquities of the Priory of Christ-Church, Hants, by B. Ferrey, the Literary Part by E.W. Brayley
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 Excerpt: ...behind the altar for the accommodation of the priests; who occasionally retired thither, to change their vestments, to bring out, at proper opportunities, their relics and miraculous blood, and to exercise the other offices of their profession."f However this might have been, there is, at present, only a sort of narrow landing-place at the back of the Screen, --which possibly, in former times, communicated by steps with the concameratio surrounding the altar, and used, on particular occasions, for the musical processions of the brotherhood. A boldly-sculptured finial, with other ornaments, including two demi-figures, surmounts each doorway, but the heads of the figures over the northern door have been broken off. On referring to the attached Plate, it will be seen that the Screen terminates in a rich cornice and crowning ornament, having, in the centre, the remaining Vide Milner's Letter, dated May 30th, 1792, in Carter's " Specimens of Ancient Sculpture and Painting," vol. ii. p. 43. t "Topographical Remarks," vol. ii. p. 189. soffite of a small canopy. But from the dissimilarity of style and decorative forms, as well as from other circumstances, it may be assumed that the whole of this upper work is of a far later period than the Screen itself; and it is not improbable that it was first set up when the Screen was erected in its present situation on the completion of the new choir. The Altar-table, which is designed in the olden style, was presented to this church by A. W. Pugin, Esq. in 1831. It is of oak, and ornamented with pendants, pierced gothic work, a cross, and two armorial shields. About twenty of the old figured tiles were preserved during the late repairs, and have been relaid in the pavement before the altar.f Near the ...
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