The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury

with some Account of the Priory Church of Deerhurst

By H.J.L.J. Massé, M.A.

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2013

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I - HISTORY.
 PAGE
History of the Foundation and Fabric of the Abbey Church, and Some Account
of its Benefactors
3

 

CHAPTER II - THE EXTERIOR.
North Porch30
The Tower30
The West Front32
The South Side34
The Cloisters34
The Lady Chapel37

 

CHAPTER III - THE INTERIOR.
The Nave39
The Roof and its Bosses42
The Font43
The Lectern44
The Pulpit44
The Screen45
The Great West Window46
The Aisles47
North Aisle and its Windows47
South Aisle and its Windows49
North Transept51
Interior of the Tower53
St. James' Chapel55
Early English Lady Chapel57
St. Margaret's Chapel58
St. Edmund's Chapel60
The Clarence Vault62
St. Faith's Chapel63
The Vestry65
South Transept68
The Choir71
Altar74
Sedilia75
Tiles76
Windows of the Choir76
De Clares77
Despenser Graves81
The Tombs and Chantries - Warwick Chapel83
Founder's Chapel88
The Despenser Monument90
Trinity Chapel91
Tombs in the Ambulatory93
Abbot Wakeman's Tomb95
Abbot Cheltenham's Tomb95
Abbot John's Tomb96
Abbot Alan's Tomb97
The Organs97
Specification of the Grove Organ98
Church plate100
Church Registers100
Arms of the Abbey101
Old Tiles101
Abbots of Tewkesbury101
Dimensions of the Abbey132

 

DEERHURST.
The Priory Church105
Exterior - Tower108
Interior - The Nave108
The South Aisle111
The North Aisle112
The Font114
The Choir115
The Monastic Buildings121
The Saxon Chapel123
Index127

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Tewkesbury Abbey, from the EastFrontispiece
Arms of the AbbeyTitle
The Abbey, from the North-west2
Tewkesbury Abbey in 1840, by Rev. J.L. Petit3
Page from the “Registrum Theokusburkiæ”5
Richard Beauchamp, first husband of Isabelle Despenser, and his Armorial Connexions, from the “Registrum Theokusburiæ”11
The Detached Bell-tower, demolished in 181717
The West End in 1840, by Rev. J.L. Petit19
The Choir before 1864, from an old photograph22
The Nave before 1864, from an old photograph23
The Abbey Gate25
Tile showing the Arms of FitzHamon and the Abbey impaled27
Tewkesbury Abbey, from the North28
The Abbey, from the South31
The Cloister Doorway35
The Nave, from the West End40
Masons' Marks41
The North Choir Aisle, looking West, showing the back of the Despenser Monument52
Interior of the Tower above the Vaulting54
Wall Arcade in Early English Chapel57
The Ambulatory, looking towards St. Margaret's Chapel59
The North Choir Aisle and St. Edmund's Chapel61
The Vestry Door, South Choir Aisle66
The Apsidal Chapel, South Transept68
The Choir, looking West72
Rib-centres in the Choir Vault73
The Sedilia75
The Warwick Chapel85
Chantry of the Founder, Fitz-Hamon89
The Despenser Monument90
The Trinity Chapel92
The “Wakeman Cenotaph”94
The South Choir Aisle, looking West96

 

DEERHURST.
Deerhurst Priory Church, from the South104
Interior, looking West110
Font114
Plan of Deerhurst Priory Church before the Conquest, by J.T. Micklethwaite, F.S.A., from “The Archæological Journal”118
The Tower, from “The Archæological Journal”119
Fourteenth Century Window122
The Saxon Chapel123
Dedication Stone124
Plan of Saxon Chapel124
Dedication Slab of an Altar124
Chancel Arch in the Saxon Chapel125
PLAN of Deerhurst Priory and its Domestic Buildings as now existing129
PLAN of Tewkesbury Abbey130

Tewkesbury Abbey, from the East
Photo. ][ D. Gwynne.
TEWKESBURY ABBEY, FROM THE EAST

PREFACE.

MY heartiest thanks are here expressed to all who have helped me in any way during the compiling of this book - to Sir Charles Isham, of Lamport, for allowing me the use of his Registrum Theokusburiæ for several months, and for permission to reproduce two pages from it; to Mr. J.T. Micklethwaite for permission to make use of his paper on Saxon Churches published in the journal of the Archæological Institute, and to the Institute for leave to reproduce the three blocks of Deerhurst; to Mr. W.H. St. John Hope for several suggestions; to Mr. A.H. Hughes. of Llandudno, Dr. Oscar Clark, and Mr. R.W. Dugdale, of Gloucester, for so liberally supplementing my own store of photographs; to Mr. S. Browett, of Tewkesbury, for the loan of the wood block on page 17; and. lastly, to Mr. W.G. Bannister, the sacristan of the Abbey, who placed his thorough knowledge of the building, its records. and its heraldry, together with the whole of his valuable MS. notes on these points. unreservedly at my disposal.

H.J.L.J.M.

The Abbey, from the North West
Photo. ][ Dr. Oscar Clark.
THE ABBEY, FROM THE NORTH WEST

OCR/transcript by Rosemary Lockie in June 2013.

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