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THE AMBULATORY

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N the Ambulatory round the Assembly Hall there are to be circular reliefs in the lunettes of the vaulted ceiling. They will represent some creative genii of the Church of England. As yet designed they are:

ALFRED THE GREAT. The King with Sceptre and Sphere (he wears his own Jewel, now at the Ashmolean Museum, full size); his Book of Laws; two Ships of his Navy; his name as inscribed on his own coins; and the inscription "Alfred ordered me to be made ", on his Jewel, which may also apply to his Books of Law and the Navy, AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN.

Alfred King of Saxons

This is in plaster, the others on paper only awaiting gifts.

THE VENERABLE BEDE. The Monk holds a Pen; a Book and a Scroll ; two Birds expressing the Thegn's beautiful simile of Life as told by Bede, a "sparrow flying through the lighted hall from out of and into outer darkness." FATHER OF ENGLISH HISTORY. JARROW. WEARMOUTH.

LANFRANC AND ANSELM. They both came from the Abbey of Bec and were Archbishops of Canterbury. A Cross, Stole and two Mitres. LANFRANC. ANSELM. BEC. CANTUAR.

STEPHEN LANGTON AND THE MAGNA CARTA. Round the Carta the Crown, Cross and Sword. LANGTON. ECCL: ANGLIC: LIB: SIT:

ST. HUGH OF LINCOLN. An Arch of his famous Choir at Lincoln. As a bird lover, like St. Francis, a Swan, his recognised symbol, and other birds. He came from Avallon in France to the Abbey of Witham near Glastonbury. AVALLON. LINCOLN. WITHAM.

ST. THOMAS OF CANTERBURY. Within a ground-plan of Becket's "Crown" at Canterbury, a model of his statue at Sens Cathedral, where he spent much of his life. S. THOMAS. CANTUAR.

WYCLIFFE. His Bible and this transcript in the script from his Bible of the first words of St. John:-" In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

A POOR PARSON. As honoured by Chaucer. The relief is modelled after drawings in the Ellesmere manuscript. These words from the "Canterbury Tales":

IF   GOLD   RUSTË, WHAT   SHALL   IREN   DO.

SCULPTORES IGNOTI. The excellence of the early Gothic sculpture is now more than ever recognised as a result of cleaning and the long-range photography of bosses on the high vaults.

From the Book "The Church House - Its Art and Symbolism"
Published for the Corporation of the Church House June 1940.
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