The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
St. Paul's Chapel
Has a skreen on the eastern side of the door, formed by the tomb of lord Bouchier and his lady. It is bounded by buttresses, at the base of which are a lion and an eagle supporting banners of arms. A heavy arch covers the boarded top of the tomb, in shape like coffins. The sides contain shields within garters, on quatrefoils: on the top of the arch is his shield, helmet, and crest; behind it a buttress, and on each side ranges of pointed arches; between them, nearly obliterated coats of arms. Over the rows of arches other coats; the upper held by painted angels, which cannot be traced without climbing. On the frieze is the half decayed inscription of
; and another quite illegible. He died in . The whole must have been exceedingly splendid when the painting and gilding were perfect.
and battlements are continued over the door.
The western half of the screen is covered by a monument, (Wilton, sculp.)
It is certainly a beautiful tomb, and the figures recline gracefully on the urn. A good medallion of the earl hangs above.
The altar of St. Paul afforded to those who heard mass at it years and days indulgence.
Francis lord Cottington has been a close attendant since the year ; for his tomb hides every race of its place.
That to Francis, countess of Sussex, which adjoins it, is, or rather has been, very magnificent. It is composed of porphyry and other valuable materials, but miserably corroded and mouldered, even to some inches in depth; the date ; her age .
Dudley Carleton, viscount Dorchester, in his robes, coronet, ruff, and pointed beard, is a poor figure; and the Ionic pediment above is as tasteless as the pedestal on which he reclines.
Sir Thomas , in the chancellor's gown, lies under a grand composite arch on a sarcophagus; on the side of which sons kneel in armour, and daughters. He died , aged .
The formal effigies of sir James Fullerton and his lady are on an altar-tomb, with a plain arch in the wall, containing an inscription that his
lies here; and quibbles upon his name thus:
Sir John Pickering's monument is another of those erected in the time of queen Elizabeth; and, like most of that period, lavishly adorned with statues, pillars of the richest orders, arches, heavy obelisks, and complicated scroll-work of fine marbles, painted and gilded. He died at the age of , in the year . His wife is at his right hand; and daughters kneel before a desk at the foot of the tomb.
The altar-tomb of alabaster, supporting the figures of sir Giles de Aubeny, and his lady, stands nearly in the midst of the chapel. He is represented in complete armour, his head on his helmet, and in the collar and mantle of the order of the garter. He died . It was richly gilt.
Against the back of the earl of Bath's monument is consisting of a pedestal, sarcophagus, and pyramid, by Scheemakers, inscribed:
Near this is a new monumental tablet of white marble, having a weeping female figure leaning on a broken rampart, on which is the word BADAJOS, at the siege of which was slain lieutenant Charles Macleod, to whose memory this monument is erected.
On the pavement:
silken banners of those ladies are suspended over them.
In the aisle, against the tomb of William of Colchester, is a monument
It is the work of Wilton; and a great statue of the admiral, in Roman armour, is made to rest on an English eighteen-pounder, mounted on a sea carriage. At his feet is a cable, remarkably correct, and well coiled, in the seaman's phrase.
I am compelled to pass over the numerous stones and inscriptions which appear on the pavement of this transept, though many of them are in a very high degree interesting as records of the worth, the greatness, and the virtues of some of our ancestors.
In the window over the entrance to Henry the 's chapel are figures in stained glass. The is intended for Christ, who is distinguished by a crown of thorns. The Virgin Mary is depicted with dishevelled hair, and a straw-coloured nimbus. King Edward the Confessor is in royal robes, on the exterior of which are several large initial letters E. St. John is represented as a pilgrim. On the inner robe is the initial letter J. several times repeated. St. Augustine is habited as a pilgrim, and bishop Mellitus is splendidly arrayed in his ecclesiastical robes with the letter M.
In the area before Henry the 's chapel, is a large grey stone, with almost obliterated figure of a religieuse; it was placed in its present situation on the rebuilding of that structure, having formerly stood in chapel which was pulled down by Henry . It belonged to abbot Berkyng, who died in .