Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire: The Archaeology and Architecture of a Cathedral, Monastery and Parish Church

By Warwick Rodwell

Dorchester-on-Thames and its abbey were matters of antiquarian curiosity for greater than 450 years, and through that time a lot has been written approximately them. they're, even if, nonetheless faraway from being comprehensively studied and recorded. certainly, the so much massive architectural description of the medieval church used to be written as in the past as 1845, and a thoroughgoing reappraisal has lengthy been past due. during this significant new examine at the origins, heritage and structure of Dorchester Abbey, Warwick Rodwell assembles a massive quantity of fabric from observations in the course of fix and conservation and data derived from archaeological excavation, in addition to the unforeseen discovery of formerly unstudied and unpublished topographical and architectural fabric, housed in numerous files. the amount is divided into components: the 1st includes an account of the archaeology of the location and the architectural improvement of the abbey, whereas the second one contains a sequence of distinctive notes and observations at the current constitution, its fittings and furniture.

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37 Peyton, 1928, 116. 38 John Jewel was once Bishop of Salisbury, 1560–71, and a former Fellow of Corpus Christi, Oxford. the main celebrated of his writings used to be Apology for the Church of britain (London, 1562). 39 not anything seems to be identified approximately this clock, which most likely survived within the tower till 1868 (Beeson, 1989, 37). It possibly dated to someday after 1602, while the current tower used to be equipped. despite the fact that, a but previous clock is observed in Bishop Alnwick’s visitation of 1441, while the abbot was once suggested for now not holding it in operating order, and for appropriating the clock-ropes for the bells (VCH, 1907, 88). forty Peyton, 1928, 113. forty-one Ibid. , 127. forty two ORO, MS Oxf. Dioc. pps. c. 1796/4. forty three Peyton, 1928, 133. forty four Ibid. , one hundred thirty five. forty five ORO, PAR87/11/A1/1. forty six Ibid. , ff. 1–7. forty seven ORO, PAR87/11/A1/1, ff. 22–4. forty eight Bodl. , MS most sensible. Oxon. , d. 795, ff. 210–11. forty nine Peyton, 1928, 136. 50 pronounced within the Churchwardens’ debts: ORO, PAR87/4/F1/1. evidently, the money ran out because the west finish of the nave roof retained its outdated excessive pitch till Scott’s recovery, while the remainder used to be diminished. fifty one ORO, PAR87/11/A1/1, f. 25; and PAR87/4/F1/2. basically the 1st of those references in particular names the north aisle. despite the fact that, a number of early 19th-century perspectives determine that the north aisle was once lead-covered, no longer tiled. this can be a mistake for retiling the south aisle. The reference in 1754 to the faulty south aisle roof can also be correct. fifty two Peyton, 1928, 138. fifty three ORO, MS Oxf, Archd, Oxon. c. 159, ff. 55–8. fifty four ORO, PAR87/2/A1. fifty five Bodl. , Gough Maps, 26, f. 42v. minimum punctuation has been extra, for simpler comprehension. fifty six Addington, 1845, 102. fifty seven wooden, 1982. fifty eight For the tremendously advanced manorial and parochial background, see VCH, 1963, 39–63, passim; additionally Tiller, 2005, 61–83. fifty nine Pantin, 1939, 178. The documents of the Society (now the OAHS) are deposited within the Bodleian Library, and so they offer a large amount of info on development through the early years of the recovery. 60 Little is understood approximately Cranston (or Cranstoun). He later transferred his perform to Birmingham. sixty one Bodl. , MS Don. d. 540. sixty two C. Miele, in Webster and Elliott, 2000, 282–3. sixty three information released as a complement to Addington, 1845. sixty four Cf. Jewitt’s related view (Addington, 1845, frontis. ) sixty five a few harm to home windows is said to were because of Parliamentary troops who stabled their horses within the church. sixty six Bouchier, 1918; Lambourn, 1949, one hundred twenty. sixty seven Evans, 1928, fifty seven. sixty eight Dudley, 2005, fig. seventy two. sixty nine Tiller, 2005; Dudley, 2005. 70 even though it is reasonable to claim that given that Scott had inherited Butterfield’s reordered and refurnished chancel, he by no means completed the unified inside at Dorchester that he did in different places, e. g. at St John’s, Circencester. seventy one ORO, PAR87/11/L1/1–2: school for works, 1958–59. seventy two Stedman is honored in a carved corbel on the south-west nook of the nave aisle (Dudley, 2005, fig. 65). seventy three The PCC holds a substantial package of records in terms of this charm and the works performed. For a private account of the development, see Stedman, 1971, ch.

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