A Description of York: Containing Some Account of Its Antiquities, Public Buildings, &c., Particularly the Cathedral

C. Peacock, 1811 - 91 páginas

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Página 12 - Public and private buildings fell in one common ruin. The priests were murdered on the altars ; the bishop with his flock perished by fire and sword, without any distinction, no one daring to give their scattered bodies an honourable burial.
Página 22 - I lov'd to roam, A lingering votary, the vaulted dome, Where the tall shafts, that mount in massy pride. Their mingling branches shoot from side to side; Where elfin sculptors, with fantastic clew...
Página 43 - The outside of the wall towards the river is faced with a very small saxum quadratum of about four inches thick, and laid in levels like our modern brick-work. The length of the stones is not observed, but they are as they fell out, in hewing. From the foundation twenty 13 courses of these small squared stones are laid, and over them five courses of Roman brick.
Página 39 - Gothick, in its most improved state. The extremely beautiful effect of large masses of architecture by moonlight, may be considered as a kind of optical deception, and nearly the same as that produced by statuary when strongly illuminated. Thus seen, the tower of this cathedral acquires a degree of lightness, so superior to that which it shows under the meridian sun, that it no longer appears to be of human construction.
Página 64 - At the sessions of peace he is supreme, being always a justice of the peace and one of the quorum. In council he has a casting voice ; and in full senate no law nor act can be made without his concurrence.
Página 33 - ... presently took this course to make them equal : without delay he went to York, and taking with him the horn, wherein he was wont to drink, he filled it with wine, and kneeling upon his knees before the altar, bestowed upon God and the blessed St. Peter...
Página 48 - Roman lady, and to have been deposited there from 1400 to 1700 years. Near the skull lay a small glass phial, or lachrymatory, with fragments of another phial, the inside of which appeared to have been silver.
Página 31 - ... dissolution of the company of cordwainers, in the year 1808, this cup was given by the members to Mr. Sheriff Hornby, of this city, as a mark of esteem ; and he soon afterward generously presented it to the cathedral. An antique chair, is also shown, supposed to be as old as the church itself. In this chair, several of the kings of England have been crowned ; and when the archbishop is officiating at the cathedral, it is even yet placed within the altar rails, for his use. The preceding, together...
Página 48 - Micklegate bar, they broke into a Roman vault about four feet from the surface. It was built of stone and arched over with Roman bricks, with a small door of entrance at the north end ; the length of the vault was eight feet, the height six feet, and breadth five feet.
Página 38 - At the top of the finest window in the world sits the archbishop, mitred and robed, in his archiépiscopal chair, having in his left hand the representation of a church, and seeming to point to the window with his left. At the basis of this noble light are the heads of the twelve apostles, with our Saviour in the middle. At the...

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