The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4

Allen, Thomas


Brass of John Waltham, Bishop of Salisbury.


On the floor in this chapel is a slab with a brass figure of John Waltham, bishop of Salisbury, who died , it is richly attired in pontificals under a handsome canopy, with saints with their names in brass, of which only remain the following:--

On the north side, St. John the Evangelist, with the chalice and dragon.

Johes Evan.

St. John of Beverley, pontifically habited.

S' Johes Belvair.

St. John, Almoner, habited as a pilgrim, with a loaf of bread and a pilgrim's staff.

St. Johes Clemosiner.

At the foot of Richard II. stands a small insignificant tomb, hardly feet square, and not more than that high, and which contains the ashes of Margaret, daughter to Edward IV.


The long iron rusty sword of Edward III. and the wooden part of his shield, broken and patched, rest on the above tomb. The dimensions of the sword are as follows:--

Length of blade53
Breadth of ditto, at hilt03 1/2
point01 1/2
Length of cross bar20
pomel03 1/4

This sword and shield were carried before Edward in France.

The most ancient of the coronation chairs was brought with the regalia from Scotland by Edward I. in the year , and offered at the shrine of St. Edward. An oblong rough stone, brought from Scone in Scotland, is placed underneath the chair, and is said, and by many believed, to have been Jacob's pillow.


Another old wooden chair on the left of this was made for the coronation of queen Mary II. These chairs, which are of clumsy ornamented oak, stand behind the shrine, and with their faces to the beautiful screen already described as containing the legendary tales of the works and miracles of St. Edward the Confessor. At the coronation of our kings and queens, or both, as circumstances may require, are richly covered with gold tissue, and are brought before the altar.

Near these chairs, and a little to the west against the altar, stands a large oblong wooden case of wainscot, at time covered with nails, or, perhaps, with some kind of metal casing. It opens with folding doors on the south side, and discovers, within a glass case, a waxen effigy of Edmund Sheffield, the last duke of Buckingham, who died in the year of his age. It is richly clad in crimson velvet, with ermine, &c. he wears a richly ornamented ducal crown, of crimson velvet, with gold ornaments and ermine. In his right hand he holds a golden stick, about a yard in length. The figure is recumbent; and as the face was taken from a cast after his decease, the likeness is doubtless correct.

At the east end of St. Edward's chapel, is the

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CHAPTER I: Site, local divisions, and government of the City of Westminster; history of the Abbey; Coronation Ceremonies; and lists of the Abbots and Deans
CHAPTER II: Westminster Abbey, and Description of the Tombs and Monuments
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of St. Margaret's Parish
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of St. John's Parish, Westminster
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westminster
CHAPTER VI: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. James, Westminster
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Anne, Westminster
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Mary-le-strand
CHAPTER X: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. Clement Danes
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of the parish of st. George, Hanover Square
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of the Precinct of the Savoy
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of the Inns of Court
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of the Precincts of the Charter-house and Ely Place, and the Liberty of the Rolls
 CHAPTER XV: Historical Notices of the Borough of Southwark
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Olave, Southwark
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of the parish of St. John, Southwark
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Thomas, Southwark
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. George's, Southwark
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of St. Saviour's Parish
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of the parist of Christ-church in the County of Surrey
 CHAPTER XXII: A List of the Principal Books, &c that have been published in Illustration of the Antiquities, History, Topography, and other subjects treated of in this Work
 Addenda et Corrigienda