London and Its Environs [Ed. by J.Y.J.]

London and Its Environs [Ed. by J.Y.J.]

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, Primates of all England, is on the south bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. This property was acquired in 1197, by the then Archbishop, Since that time large sums have been spent here, either in enlarging or rebuilding. A late Archbishop (Howley), laid out 60,000 in erecting the inhabited part of the palace, and restoring other parts, from the designs of Edward Blore. The garden front, in the Tudor style, is much admired. The gardens and grounds occupy eighteen acres. The gate house, of red brick, was built by Archbishop Morton, about 1499. Spiral staircases on the towers lead to the record room, where many of the archives of the see are preserved. In the small prison-room adjoining the gateway, are three iron rings, and the walls bear figures made by prisoners. On the left of the outer court is the Lollard's Tower, of red brick, faced with stone. Archbishop Chicheley was the builder (1434-5). The "post-room" in this tower has a curious flat panelled ceiling, with angels and scrolls. The river front bears the builder's arms, above a niche where an image of St. Thomas a Beckett was formerly placed. Passing by a spiral staircase into an adjoining tower, we reach a chamber 15 feet by 11 feet, and only about 8 feet high, which is called the Lollard's Prison, though it is more than doubtful whether any Lollards were confined in it. That the cell has been used as a prison is plain enough, for there are eight heavy iron rings fixed in the wall, and on the oaken wainscotting are inscriptions and figures, cut by the captives. "Nosce teipsum," "I.H.S., cyppe me out of all il compane, amen," may be decyphered amongst others. The entrance...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236582721
  • 9781236582720